Time Out says
‘Between us, if I’m offered a job with Fox, I will take it,’ deadpans Samir Khader, a senior Al-Jazeera producer who permanently has a cigar in either his hand or mouth. Khader and Hassan Ibrahim – a BBC journalist-turned-Al Jazeera-reporter – are Noujaim’s loquacious stars, and both possess a steely confidence and smart irreverence typical of their channel. The inherent absurdism of reporting from a military HQ shines through: on the day that US troops finally enter Baghdad, the army press officers talk only of the kidnapped US soldier Jessica Lynch; and when the army spokesman announces their notorious ‘deck of cards’, he fails to provide hard evidence and instead hides in a back room.
Crackly tape recordings aside, most audiences will chiefly associate Al-Jazeera with the uproar over their decision to broadcast images of dead or injured soldiers and Iraqi citizens. This debate – and questions surrounding the bombing of the channel’s Baghdad office – are covered at close hand in an honourable film about a dishonourable war.
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Lt. Josh Rushing