John Pilgers documentaries arent a place to find sensationalism, cheap tactics or irrelevancies. As The War On Democracy
demonstrates, Pilger instead takes a deathly serious subject, and while his work isnt bereft of politic leanings, presents his findings to his audience in a grown up, intelligent manner.
In The War On Democracy, he looks at the political tactics of America over the past decades, homing in on Latin America and the impact that ongoing strategic American political decisions have had. Throughout the course of the documentary, Pilger gets access to relevant subjects, and charts the backlash in Latin America too.
The subject matter of The War On Democracy is clearly emotive, and its inevitable perhaps that Pilgers stance isnt wholly impartial. His film, however, is very strong. Directed by Chris Martin, its an engrossing, studiously put-together picture, that cant help but emote a reaction from those who sit through it. One or two of the interviewees, in particular, are all but certain to provoke.
As a piece of filmmaking, The War On Democracy continues the rich vein of quality that the documentary genre has been enjoying over the past few years. That its also likely to wind its audience up one way or the other is also, surely, an even stronger reason to recommend it. --Jon Foster
Award winning journalist John Pilger examines the role of Washington in America's manipulation of Latin American politics during the last 50 years, and how these same policies are now being used in the Middle East.