Control Room and the Staging of War
Cinéma Vérité, Iraq War, Al Jazeera, journalism, drama, War Documentary
This essay assesses Control Room (Jehane Noujaim, 2004) to gauge documentary film’s capacity to restore the public sphere. What factors shape the making of news during times of war? How can viewers learn to navigate the competing media frames and narratives about war? How can dedicated documentarians make more democratic a public sphere that has been badly damaged by corporate media consolidation and government propaganda? Finally, can rhetoric and poetics shed light on the choices made by documentary filmmakers during times of war and the ways in which target audiences are expected to make sense of their films?
Mauer, Barry « Control Room and the Staging of War », lnMedia [Online], 4 I 2013, Online since 16 November 2013, connection on 19 November 2013. URL : http://inmedia.revues.org/680
Mauer, Barry J., "Control Room and the Staging of War" (2013). Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works. 607.