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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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.

Guests:

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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