Documentaries That Changed The World - John Pilger (4 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
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Twelve documentaries from the campaigning journalist John Pilger, exposing the West's continued exploitation of the Third World, and criticising the military interventions of western governments, from Cambodia to Iraq. The documentaries included are: 'Year Zero - The Silent Death of Cambodia'; 'Nicaragua - A Nation's Right to Survive'; 'Burp! Pepsi vs Coke in the Ice Cold War'; 'Flying the Flag - Arming the World'; 'Vietnam - The Quiet Mutiny'; Death of a Nation - The Timor Conspiracy'; 'Inside Burma - Land of Fear'; 'Welcome to Australia'; 'Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq'; 'Palestine is Still the Issue'; 'Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror'; and 'Stealing a Nation'. Also included is interview footage with Pilger from the 2006 Guardian Hay Literary Festival.
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The 12 documentaries are: Vietnam -The Quiet Mutiny (1970), Year Zero-The Silent Death of Cambodia (1979), Burp! Pepsi v Coke In The Ice Cold War(1982), Nicaragua-A Nations Right To Survive(1983), Death Of A Nation -The Timor Conspiracy (1994), Flying The Flag-Arming The World(1995), Inside Burma, Land of Fear(1996), Welcome To Australia(1999),Paying The Price -Killing The Children Of Iraq(2000), Palestine Is Still The Issue(2002),Breaking The Silence -Truth And Lies In The War On Terror(2003),Stealing A Nation(2004).
There is little doubt that the more contemporary documentaries have more resonance, especially the one covering the fraudulent war on terror, which is also incredibly prescient. However they are all compelling in their own way , although I would suggest that "Welcome To Australia " is really of interest to Australians only and does come across as unnecessarily sour.
A lot may depend on how you view Pilger. He is articulate, passionate, courageous and fearsomely determined and his heart is absolutely plugged into the right place. However he can be pompous, sanctimonious, holier than thou and is resolutely humourless. You may think humour has no place regarding the subjects covered here and you may well be right but I feel that a touch of satire or black sarcasm often makes a point far more effectively than anything else.Read more ›
Sure, Pilger has his own opinion on things (don't we all?) and he makes his views known clearly in these reports, backed up by solid facts. But in the end, the real test for a journalist is whether he or she seeks honest answers from those in power and does not shy away from investigating sensitive, even dangerous, areas. To my mind, Pilger's work passes the test. I even found myself standing up after particular reports on this DVD and applauding Pilger's efforts to get at the truth. Every single report stands on its own high quality -- quality that we no longer get (or even expect, tragically) in the mainstream corporate-dominated mass media.
For me, Pilger's reports on Cambodia, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Burma and the "war on terror" were most impressive. It's a shame that Pilger's South Africa reportage was not included in this compilation, as I hear it is equally good. In any case, this DVD set was money well-spent and I'll watch these reports again and again in the future. For better or worse, the best journalistic reporting, obviously, does not take place in mainstream news corporations anymore (if it ever did); the best journalistic work is today being done by independents around the world like John Pilger. Buy this DVD and find out what you're *really* missing in those watered-down news reports we watch and listen to every day.
Anyway, programs like John Pilger's documentaries do not seem to be made any more, which is all the more reason why you should buy this collection. At least 5 of these films made me cry. Pilger's conviction and belief in basic human rights is apparent in all these films (except the Coca-Cola vs Pepsi one which is a little flippant) another review criticized his lack of humour but I feel his tone is perfect. We all SHOULD be outraged by what the governments we have elected are doing in our name, satire and humour seem to be the popular way of criticizing governments but when they are facilitating the murder of innocent civilians, often children, it would be inappropriate to make jokes, and anyway, where has this satirical "bremner bird fortune" approach got us...no where.
Enough rage, a tip, buy this, you won't regret it, another tip, the first film, Year Zero - about Cambodia is the best so save it until last, Pilger's rage at the way the world community was sitting back and doing nothing while Cambodians starved is clear, it's probably the most disturbing film I have ever seen.
This DVD collection should be watched by everyone on the planet. Thankyou Mr Pilger for trying.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived on time. Product as advertised. Very pleased with purchase.Published 4 months ago by Mr J. J. Myers
Yes, it arrived in time but I am still going through it one documentary at a time. So far well made. Thank youPublished 7 months ago by eleanor hely
Have viewed almost all of the documentarys. I have learned about the facts of all the terribly wars that have been inflicted on Cambodia, Vietnam, East timor, Land of Fear Inside... Read morePublished 15 months ago by foxy rose
A very good compilation of Pilger's documentaries, a man who decided to show the world some of the hidden truths about imperialism and the power of the elites, not forgetting the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by cs