John Richard Pilger (born 9 October 1939) is an Australian journalist and documentary maker, based in London. He has twice won Britain’s Journalist of the Year Award, and his documentaries have received academy awards in Britain and the US. Noam Chomsky said of Pilger: “John Pilger’s work has been a beacon of light in often dark times. The realities he has brought to light have been a revelation, over and over again, and his courage and insight a constant inspiration.” In Breaking the Silence: The Television Reporting of John Pilger, his appraisal of the journalist’s documentaries, Anthony Hayward wrote, “For more than a generation, he has been an ever stronger voice for those without a voice and a thorn in the side of authority, the Establishment. His work, particularly his television documentaries, has also made him rare in being a journalist who is universally known, a champion of those for whom he fights and the scourge of politicians and others whose actions he exposes. —Wikipedia… read more
As a film it is boring and slow. But it does do what it intends to, which is inspire anti-American sentiment. I learned that, regarding the American government, "foreign policy" is a euphemism and doublespeak that means "reactionary self-aggrandizement through violence." There's no policy, only instinctual aggression. And it's only "foreign" until forced assimilation occurs. Globalization is American foreign policy.
An succinct introduction to the decades of American intervention (intervention usually meaning the overthrow of elected governments, death squads, genocide, war rape, the usual) in Latin America. Pilgar has made an important film that everyone who thinks it's cool to chest thump ourselves over our military capacity and world influence should see. Pilgar isn't out to promote an ideology or political viewpoint; this is about basic right and wrong, and human dignity.