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Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear

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Genre:Documentary
Release Date:October 20, 2004
Running time:180 minutes
Cast:Adam Curtis, Aiman Al-Zawaheri, John Ashcroft, Tony Blair, Robert Bork
Director:Adam Curtis
Producer:Adam Curtis
Writer:Adam Curtis
Distributor:BBC

Description: Political proverb states that a population in fear is a population that is easily controlled. In this documentary exploring the climate of fear that existed in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, filmmaker Adam Curtis explores the possibility that Western neoconservatives used anxiety as a tool to manipulate the masses into behaving in a predictable and controllable manner. By claiming that contemporary Western Democracy relies more on propagating the myth of an all-powerful al-Qaida just waiting for the right time to strike rather than focusing on domestic issues and the bettering of the people, as previous generations of politicians had done, Curtis suggests that Washington is intentionally manipulating the population into a defensive stance that gives those in charge more power than necessary.~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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