Political Documentaries: Fact and Fiction

What Role Does Objectivity Play in Political Films?

Michael Moore talks with Rep. John Tanner (D-TN) on Capitol Hill.

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Al Jazeera anchorwoman

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The word documentary implies a level of truth. But whose truth? Based on wartime journalism in the Middle East, The Control Room claims to be objective. Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/ll doesn't. NPR's Neal Conan and guests discuss truth, fiction and the rise of political documentaries.


Errol Morris, director of Fog of War, which won this year's Academy Award for best documentary

Jehan Naujim, documentary filmmaker. Her new film Control Room takes a look at the war in Iraq from the al-Jazeera studios.

Michael Renov, professor of critical studies at the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California. Author of The Subject of Documentary.

Patricia Finneran, festival director of the SilverDocs documentary festival



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