PROGRESSIVE FILM SERIES, FEBRUARY 12, 2009
TITLE: PEACE, PROPAGANDA AND THE PROMISED LAND: U.S. MEDIA AND THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT.
PRESENTER: Kay Lucas, director, Crawford Texas Peace House.
DATE: Thursday, February 12, 2009.
TIME: 6p.m. pizza/veggi buffet and announcements, 6:30 film and discussion.
VENUE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza mtg, room, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco. Enter from inside or from
outside door on the right.
RATING: unrated, but some graphic scenes of injured civilians may not be appropriate for children.
RUN TIME: 80 minutes.
PRICE: All free (donations accepted).
AUDIENCE: All welcome.
Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites--oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others--work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported. Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land carefully analyzes and explains how--through the use of language, framing and context--the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupied territories appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one. The documentary also explores the ways that U.S. journalists, for reasons ranging from intimidation to a lack of thorough investigation, have become complicit in carrying out Israel's PR campaign. At its core, the documentary raises questions about the ethics and role of journalism, and the relationship between media and politics. Interviewees include Seth Ackerman, Mjr. Stav Adivi, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Hanan Ashrawi, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Neve Gordon, Toufic Haddad, Sam Husseini, Hussein Ibish, Robert Jensen, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Karen Pfeifer, Alisa Solomon, and Gila Svirsky.