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Lifting the Fog - Intrigue in the Middle East
Lifting the Fog - Intrigue in the Middle East
Actors: Frank Hankey, Dominic Marcus, Harley Venton, Marc Zarum
Director: Allan Siegel
Genres: Educational, Documentary
NR     2002     1hr 30min

A panoramic view of the dynamic forces that have shaped one of the most important regions of the world, and how the region's oil, religion and politics have intertwined to create a volatile mix. 91 minutes.


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Actors: Frank Hankey, Dominic Marcus, Harley Venton, Marc Zarum
Director: Allan Siegel
Creators: Allan Siegel, John Strolla, Jacqueline Dolly, Jaffer Ali
Genres: Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Educational, History, Politics
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 05/28/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/1991
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1991
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

An historically accurate account
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 10/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Lifting The Fog: Intrigue In The Middle East is an informed and informative document providing the viewer with an historically accurate account of the events that led to and continue to maintain the violence and conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Beginning with the discover of oil in 1908, continuing through to the formation of Israel, down to the events of the Persian Gulf War, Lifting The Fog documents the deals made between international power brokers beginning with the British and French occupations of Palestine and Egypt, the emergence of an American involvement, and the influence of an emerging international oil industry that used their own political agendas to create the Middle East as it is today. Noted scholars Noam Chomsky, Nubar Hovespian and Edward Said, among others, provide invaluable commentary, while historical films of all the key battles and personalities provide an outstanding visual chronology. Lifting The Fog is a very highly recommended contribution to academic and community libraries, and "must" viewing for anyone trying to understand the background to the events that would eventually drag the United States into a world-wide war against international terrorism."
Essential Information for Understanding Middle East Conflict
Midwest Book Review | 10/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This video presents the historical facts that underlie not only the current Arab/Israel conflict, but sheds light on the problems the United States faces dealing with the whole Middle East. In contrast to the propaganda and Hollywood stereotypes that "fog" the truth, this film presents facts and photos that show BOTH sides of the current conflict. In addition, the scholars (both Jewish and Arab)in this film suggest, Western imperialism, ignorance, and bigotry are significant factors in the current political problems. Actually, this film illuminates the basic problems the U.S. faces not only in the Middle East, but also in South America, Asia, and Africa--anywhere 20th century imperialistic policies have created complex conflicts that threaten world peace today. A brave, accurate and honest report."
A Great Documentary
Brian D. Tuttle | 10/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A great documentary about a very complex region. However this documentary is likely to distress unconditional supporters of Israel since it does not present the usual pro-Israeli propaganda."
A Documentary that everyone should see
Montoya | Las Vegas, NV USA | 11/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This documentary relies heavily on ideology from Chomsky with a smattering of history that leaps straight out of Dilip Hiro's books. While this documentary is definitely biased in favor of the Palestinians and opposes the Israeli view, all of the arguments are well-documented and the material goes a long way to dispel much of the anti-Palestinian propaganda we have been fed in the West [especially] since 1972. If you have any interest in hearing an alternative point of view on the Middle East this is your documentary, and it also contains much on the real underlying factors [namely oil and commerce] in the marginalization of huge segments of the Middle East's population."