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Academy Award, Best Documentary Feature. Read
the Acceptance Speech by Barbara Trent.
riveting Academy Award-winning critique of the government's history
of militarization, made all the more timely by the current war on
Panama Deception documents the untold story of the December
1989 U.S. invasion of Panama; the events which led to it; the excessive
force used; the enormity of the death and destruction; and the devastating
aftermath. The Panama Deception uncovers the real reasons
for this internationally condemned attack, presenting a view of
the invasion which widely differs from that portrayed by the U.S.
media and exposes how the U.S. government and the mainstream media
suppressed information about this foreign policy disaster.
Panama Deception includes never before seen footage of the invasion
and its aftermath, as well asinterviews with both invasion proponents
like Gen. Maxwell Thurman, Panamanian President Endara andPentagon
spokesperson Pete Williams, and opponents like U.S. Representative
Charles Rangel (D-NY.), Panamanian human rights workers Olga Mejia
and Isabel Corro and former Panamanian diplomat Humberto Brown.
Network news clips and media critics contribute to a staggering
analysis of media control and selfcensorship relevant to any news
coverage today, particularly during times of war.
the film's excellent reviews are: "meticulously researched" (Hal
Hinson, Washington Post);"outstanding" (Betsy Sherman, Boston Globe);
"tough....provocative....moving....beautifully edited" (Vincent
Canby, New York Times); and "lays out simply and forcefully the
case against the 'official' version" (Peter Rainer, Los Angeles
Empowerment Project (EP) worked on this production for two years.
EP first came to prominence in 1988 with the release of the equally
acclaimed Coverup: Behind the Iran Contra Affair. EP is a non-profit
media resource center committed to democratizing the media. Each
year, hundreds of independent filmmakers use EP's edit facilities
and other services. EP has recently moved its offices out of New
York and California. The new headquarters for all operations is
now in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
its August 1992 release, The Panama Deception has played
in 80 cities, including an eight-week runin Seattle and a five-week
holdover in New York City. The film appeared in video stores in
August 1993. It was cablecast on Cinemax in the United States during
October of that same year and currently, Bravo-the IndependentFilm
Channel retains the rights to cablecast the film. Many local affiliates
of PBS have broadcast the film butnational PBS, however, has refused
to broadcast the film despite the Congressional mandate explicitly
requiringthat both sides of controversial issues be included in
PBS's overall programming. Internationally, the film has been broadcast
in Australia, Canada, Poland, Hong Kong, France, Spain, Portugal,
the U.K., Iran, Israel, Finland,Switzerland, Mexico, Argentina,
Japan, Norway, the People's Republic of China, S. Korea, Italy,
Turkey, Russia,S. Africa, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Algeria,
Malaysia, and Czechoslovakia. A ban on the film originally imposed
by the Panamanian government was lifted in March 1993, following
strong internal and international pressure.
for The Panama Deception has been provided, in part, by:
Channel Four in London, Rhino Home Video,the I. Roderick MacArthur
Foundation, the Rex Foundation, the Peace Development Fund, the
National Councilof Churches, the CarEth Foundation, the Vietnam
Veterans of America Foundation, the Funding Exchange/PaulRobeson
Fund for Film and Video, The Charles Lawrence Keith and Clara Miller
Foundation, EssentialInformation, the Vanguard Public Foundation,
Lucille Banta, Michelle Connor, filmmaker Michael Moore and hundreds
of individual donors.
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