Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land Image
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  • Summary: This documentary 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. (Media Education Foundation)
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Showing the movie would be a great way to open a debate. I would love to hear its charges answered as clearly as they're stated.
  2. Reviewed by: Ned Martel
    60
    This one-sided account brings some lesser-known offenses to light and advances a scenario that is bold and detailed. But it is hardly dispassionate.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    The subject can sharply divide even the most liberal-minded critics, but it's no secret on which side of the debate filmmakers Bathsheba Ratzkoff and Sut Jhally find themselves.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    Pedantic, humorless and one-sided -- qualities that won't encourage exposure beyond the activist left.
  5. Reviewed by: Russell Scott Smith
    50
    Often, the movie feels like sitting through a college lecture class.
  6. 50
    The main problem with The Promised Land is that Jhally and Ratzkoff are eager to foster dissent, but not to invite it into their own movie. Their talking heads sound rehearsed and repetitive, and the righteous anger dissipates without a contrary opinion to provide a ceiling.

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