Wednesday, July 07, 2004

United Press International: Analysis: Move over Michael Moore

United Press International: Analysis: Move over Michael Moore: "Move over Michael Moore, there's a new kid in town. Her name is Jehane Noujaim (photo) and she deserves far more attention that she's been getting.
If you liked Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' you will appreciate 'Control Room' even more. And if you are one of the many who hated it, or boycotted Moore just on principle, go see 'Control Room' anyway, it will open your eyes to a perspective not often seen on U.S. television.
While Moore's film received much attention, both good and bad, won the top prize in its category at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, 'Control Room' on the other hand, slipped in almost unnoticed by both the public and the critics. And that's a shame.
Unlike Moore's latest docudrama's, in-your-face style of reportage which relied on a mixture of editing and cleverly arranging film clips to tell the story, 'Control Room' adopts a far more subtle, serious news documentary approach to telling its story.
In this case the story is the inner workings of the highly controversial Arabic satellite television channel, al-Jazeera, which the film documents during the early days of the Iraq war.
The skillfully put together film is the work of Jehane Noujaim, a 29-year-old Egyptian-American filmmaker, and director of 'Control Room,' who might well have a few techniques to teach Moore. First of which is subtlety -- it works wonders, and gets the message across. "


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