Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2019

John Pilger

john pilger

It is not enough for journalists to see themselves as mere messengers without understanding the hidden agendas of the message and myths that surround it. John Pilger

John Pilger is one of those very rare journalists who, despite going where few ‘mainstream’ journalists have dared to go, has had a long and distinguished career . He is a man that walks his talk and has no problem in telling the news as it is regardless as to who it may expose. He has his own excellent site including his biography and a full list of his documentaries . They are all excellent however I attach on this page the ones most relevent to the content of  I start with a short resume of his career  Films for Action What is real journalism? John Pilger reviews his 50 year career John Pilger says journalism is meant to be about truth. In this video he reviews his career over more than 50 years as a campaigning journalist, filmmaker and author. Journalism, he says, has a part to play on behalf of humanity. But too many journalists and journalistic institutions see themsleves as expressing the ambitions and designs of power, of the people at the top, instead of expressing the humanity of all people.

Vietnam: The Quiet Mutiny 1970. In his iconic documentary debut ‘The Quiet Mutiny’, Pilger reports from the front line in Vietnam where he finds disillusioned American troops in open rebellion against the war.






Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia. 1979. The shocking state of Cambodia after Pol Pot’s murderous regime.







Nicaragua: A Nation’s Right to Survive 1983. How can a country survive when its jungle borders hold 4000 hostile troops?







Burp! Pepsi v Coke in the Ice Cold War [1984] . 1984. A look at the worldwide struggle for soft drink supremacy, and the role played by US politics.






Flying the Flag, Arming the World 1994. An investigation of the world of international arms dealing.







Death of a Nation: The Timor Conspiracy. 1994. An exploration of the situation in East Timor – a country ruled by bloodshed and fear.







Welcome to Australia [1999] An examination of the exclusion of Australia’s Aborigines.







‘Palestine Is Still The Issue’  John Pilger made the film ‘Palestine Is Still The Issue’ in 1977. It told how almost a million Palestinians had been forced off their land in 1948, and again in 1967. Twenty five years later, John Pilger returns to the West Bank of Jordan and Gaza, and to Israel, to ask why the Palestinians, whose right of return was affirmed by the United Nations more than half a century ago, are still caught in a terrible limbo – refugees in their own land, controlled by Israel in the longest military occupation in modern times.



Apartheid Did Not Die 1998. An analysis of South Africa’s new, democratic regime.

The war you don’t see. The War You Don’t See’ (2011) is a powerful and timely investigation into the media’s role in war, tracing the history of ‘embedded’ and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq. As weapons and propaganda become even more sophisticated, the nature of war is developing into an ‘electronic battlefield’ in which journalists play a key role, and civilians are the victims. But who is the real enemy?

The War On Democracy The War On Democracy’ (2007) was John Pilger’s first for cinema. It explores the current and past relationship of Washington with Latin American countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Chile. Using archive footage sourced by Michael Moore’s archivist Carl Deal, the film shows how serial US intervention, overt and covert, has toppled a series of legitimate governments in the Latin American region since the 1950s. The democratically elected Chilean government of Salvador Allende, for example, was ousted by a US backed coup in 1973 and replaced by the military dictatorship of General Pinochet. Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador have all been invaded by the United States.s?

Breaking The Silence: Truth And Lies In The War On Terror  was screened six months after the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and two years after the invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001. The film dissects the truth and lies behind the ‘War on Terror’, investigating the discrepancies between American and British justification for ‘war’ and the facts on the ground in Afghanistan and Washington DC. The film opens with a harrowing series of photographs showing the carnage inflicted on Iraqis by the United States and British military forces in 2003. In the background, President George W Bush declares America “will bring to the Iraq people food, medicine, supplies and freedom… we have shown Freedom’s power and in this great conflict we will see Freedom’s victory” while British Prime Minister Tony Blair claims the war in Iraq is a “fight for freedom” and “a fight for justice”.

Stealing A Nation. ‘Stealing A Nation’ (2004) is an extraordinary film about the plight of the Chagos Islands, whose indigenous population was secretly and brutally expelled by British Governments in the late 1960s and early 1970s to make way for an American military base. The tragedy, which falls within the remit of the International Criminal Court as “a crime against humanity”, is told by Islanders who were dumped in the slums of Mauritius and by British officials who left behind a damning trail of Foreign Office documents. Before the Americans came, more than 2,000 people lived on the islands in the Indian Ocean, many with roots back to the late 18th century. There were thriving villages, a school, a hospital, a church, a railway and an undisturbed way of life. The islands were, and still are, a British crown colony. In the 1960s, the government of Harold Wilson struck a secret deal with the United States to hand over the main island of Diego Garcia. The Americans demanded that the surrounding islands be “swept” and “sanitized”. Unknown to Parliament and to the US Congress and in breach of the United Nations Charter, the British Government plotted with Washington to expel the entire population.2013 UTOPIA  FULL FILM An extraordinary film about Australia. This is Utopia, an epic production by the Emmy and Bafta winning film-maker and journalist John Pilger. Utopia is a vast region in northern Australia and home to the oldest human presence on earth. “This film is a journey into that secret country,” says Pilger in Utopia. “It will describe not only the uniqueness of the first Australians, but their trail of tears and betrayal and resistance – from one utopia to another.”

pilger 2014

John Pilger – Breaking Australia’s Silence (Festival of Dangerous Ideas)

John Pilger addresses the ‘great Australian silence’, applying it not only to the treatment of Indigenous people but to class, great power and the limits of public debate.