Review in Brief: Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land

[Editor’s note: as always, the opinions expressed by Joe Moser, my contributor at large, are his own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Olive Press … boilerplate boilerplate …]

My other recommendation is for a documentary called Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land, which examines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its coverage by the U.S. media. The film features a wide array of viewpoints, from American intellectuals like Noam Chomsky to Arab activists and Israeli dissidents, that all share a similar theme: the occupation of Palestine is in no way justifiable. Suffice it to say, our beloved journalists do not get high marks for their misrepresentation of the conflict. It’s a powerful, often shocking (to me, at least), film. It was made by the Media Education Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Northampton, Mass. I saw it at a special screening in Austin, where the filmmaker informed us that her group was pushing to get the documentary on PBS and if possible, in theatres. I hope everyone gets the chance to see it.