Adam Curtis's "Bitter Lake"
Bitter Lake is a 2015 BBC documentary film by filmmaker Adam Curtis. It argues that Western politicians keep simplifying the stories they tell, into a simple-to-digest by the public "good" vs. "evil" argument, due to society's overwhelming chaos and disorder, which they neither grasp nor understand._
2h16m44s running time. Not a shorty. Worth every second.
This is an extraordinary documentary by an extraordinary documentarian, Adam Curtis. The presentation is ideosyncratic, but powerful, and exceptionally worth watching. The topic ... complex, but focuses largely on the Middle East, with particular emphases on Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. The title references a 1945 meeting between US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and King Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, only weeks before Roosevelt's death. That meeting set the stage of much that's since followed in the Middle East.
A FixYT.com link for all the usual reasons, though you'll have to click through to YouTube itself for the content due to content restrictions (I've of course downloaded it locally to watch via
Curtis explains his methods and sources in an interview (also via Wikipedia):
BBC iPlayer has given me the opportunity to do this - because it isn’t restrained by the rigid formats and schedules of network television. [...]
I have got hold of the unedited rushes of almost everything the BBC has ever shot in Afghanistan. It is thousands of hours - some of it is very dull, but large parts of it are extraordinary. Shots that record amazing moments, but also others that are touching, funny and sometimes very odd.
These complicated, fragmentary and emotional images evoke the chaos of real experience. And out of them I have tried to build a different and more emotional way of depicting what really happened in Afghanistan._
A counterpoint to the thin, narrow and increasingly destructive stories told by those in power today.
The whole bit was just released January 25 of this year.
Thanks to dmschulman on Hacker News for pointing it out:
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