National Defense and Lies: a film about war and misinforming the public.

     |    Sunday, der 29. November 2009


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Lying officials and a lied-to public: a scenario that is, unfortunately, as topical and newsworthy as ever. The film Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers is showing at the ONE WORLD FILM FESTIVAL at the Arsenal cinema in Berlin on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 9:15 pm.

Documentary, USA 2009, 95 min

Director: Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith

Original English version

Daniel Ellsberg works for the Pentagon, compiling reports about the conflict in Vietnam. One of his surveys contains a report about Vietcong atrocities against an American soldier. This isolated incident was just what Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara needed to convince President Lyndon Johnson to escalate hostilities. Ellsberg decides to intensifies his investigation into the history of America’s military involvement in Indochina and is shocked about what he learns. Without exception the last four American presidents: Truman, Eisenhower, incumbent Johnson and even beacon of hope Kennedy, all lied to the American public about the necessity, the intention and the success of America’s ‘police operations’ in the region. When it became clear that President Richard Nixon (elected in 1968) wouldn’t keep his campaign promise to end the war in Vietnam, but instead intended to spread the hostilities into neighboring regions, Ellsberg becomes compelled to act. He decides to make public a top secret study known as the “Pentagon Papers”.

With guest Judith Ehrlich. Moderation: Alan Benson (American Voices Abroad Berlin)