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Uncovered's premiere at Cannes -- "a political thunderbolt"

May 20, 2004 9:19 AM

The Lebanon Daily Star has a great write-up on the extended Uncovered debut at Cannes:


While "Fahrenheit 9/11" has been widely covered by the media, a less-publicized documentary, shown Tuesday in Cannes to a packed theater, has the potential of becoming a political thunderbolt when released in US cinemas this August.

Noted television and film producer Robert Greenwald's "Uncovered: The War on Iraq" is an in-depth look at the distortion of intelligence and the "spin and hype" created by the White House to justify going to war in Iraq. The film is a series of fast-paced interviews with A-list US government insiders, from CIA political analysts to Pentagon officials and weapons inspectors (Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and other administration officials refused to be interviewed).

"Uncovered" poses all the questions the mainstream media hasn't addressed in a no-nonsense style, kicking off with categorical statements by CIA officials that the Bush administration had made up its mind to go to war on Sept. 11, 2001.

Originally 50-minutes long, the film was sponsored by activist movements such as MoveOn and the Center for American Progress, which promoted it via the internet. The resulting public response was considerable. Grassroots screenings were subsequently held in homes, schools, clubs and churches, culminating in an event last December during which 2,600 homes across the US screened the film on the same evening.

French production company executive Philippe Lenglet took notice and agreed not only to distribute the film, but also to help Greenwald make "Uncovered" into a full-length film that could be presented at festivals and distributed in cinemas. In cooperation with Lenglet's Los Angeles-based Cinema Libre Studio, "Uncovered" was prolonged to 87 minutes. Greenwald added interviews with David Kay, the Bush administration's weapons inspector who came to the conclusion that there were no WMDs, and Richard Clarke, Bush's top anti-terrorism adviser.

Former US Ambassador Joseph Wilson, an outspoken critic of the Bush administration and one of the featured experts in "Uncovered," traveled with Lenglet to Paris and Cannes for the screening.
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Wilson participated in a debate in Cannes and will join other former government officials, such as CIA veteran Ray McGovern, who "star" in "Uncovered" at screenings in the future.

Robert Greenwald rushed to finish "Uncovered" so that it could be presented at Cannes. He is now busy putting finishing touches to his next documentary, "Unconstitutional," a study of civil liberties after Sept. 11, 2001. Meanwhile, Philippe Lenglet's Cinema Libre Studio will distribute "Uncovered" in the US in August.

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Read the 13 comments.

Athena D:

Way to get the word out!
Congradulations, to you, Robert and the whole crew.

Thu May 20 2004 9:52 AM


ms haplopia:

Chalk one up to the "Standing up for truth amidst a culture of lies" team! Keep up the good work

Thu May 20 2004 7:26 PM


Athena D:

I invited you to my party tonight via an email...
I hope you can make it...I will be bartending out back...

Fri May 21 2004 1:10 PM


Anonymous:

2,600 homes across the US? Take it where you can get it. Yawn.... Liberal use of the word "documentary", maybe some people should look it up in the dictionary. Don't see the word propaganda anywhere in the definition.

Wed May 26 2004 6:52 AM


innersilence:

I don't see the word propaganda in "News", but that doesn't seem to stop "Fox News". What's your point?

Wed May 26 2004 3:12 PM


jamie:

nice work, jim. congrats to you and all involved in getting some great coverage at cannes.

Thu May 27 2004 8:29 AM


dhermesc:

I don't see the word propaganda in "News", but that doesn't seem to stop "Fox News".


Would this be the FOX that is advertising and distributing "The Day After Tomorrow". Imagine that Al Gore, Moveon.org (if only they would) and Fox on the same side of junk science. For a propaganda outlet they sure have their wires crossed. CNN always remembers which side of the fence they sit on.

Thu May 27 2004 11:08 AM


Jim Gilliam:

Rupert's only ideology is money. This disaster flick will make bucketloads of it.

Thu May 27 2004 11:18 AM


dhermesc:

If that where the case why didn't he pickup "The Passion"?

From what I hear the special effects a great but the story line drags and then becomes outright stupid. The earth is going to Hell in a handbasket so I'll send my son to New York on a field trip? Then I'll walk from Washington to New York and FIND him in a chaotic city just to "prove" my love?

Thu May 27 2004 11:44 AM


Jim Gilliam:

When Gibson's project was first announced, no one thought it would make any money....including Gibson. I guarantee you, every single studio head is bashing their heads into their desks wishing they'd picked this one up for distribution in the U.S. Only Newmarket films, an indie distributor had the guts.

Rupert did pick up some international distribution rights, however. Singapore, Taiwan, Argentina and Brazil.

Sat May 29 2004 4:09 PM


njguardsman:

"When Gibson's project was first announced, no one thought it would make any money....including Gibson. I guarantee you, every single studio head is bashing their heads into their desks wishing they'd picked this one up for distribution in the U.S. Only Newmarket films, an indie distributor had the guts.

Rupert did pick up some international distribution rights, however. Singapore, Taiwan, Argentina and Brazil."

Mel Gibson is a devout Catholic who wanted to make this film reguardless of it making money or not.


Tue Jun 1 2004 8:44 AM


DanH:

The terrorist group Hezbollah has reached out to distributors of Michael Moore’s anti-military propaganda flick, “Fahrenheit 9/11” with an offer to help promote the film. The report of Hezbollah’s involvement came in Thursday’s London newspaper, The Guardian, with the headline, “Fahrenheit 9/11 gets help offer from Hezbollah.” I guess that will get him another Oscar.

Fri Jun 18 2004 6:05 AM


josef tousseau:

This movie is truly a piece of propagandist shit. And you can bet they won't change the cut now that the 911 commision report is out.. which dispells many of the myths in this piece of trash. And since the distributors are anti-American no attention will be paid to accuracy or truth.

Sun Jul 25 2004 6:48 AM


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