Bitter Lake – Adam Curtis

Bitter Lake is the latest documentary from Adam Curtis whose Century of the Self can be found here.

Bitter Lake is a dreamlike journey to the middle east where Curtis uses a montage of images to present his thesis that Western powers have been less powerful and less proactive in their dealings with Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan than perhaps they have believed themselves to be. As ever he uses juxtaposition of images and music to create a tone poem that represents more than 40 years of international history – not as a simple linear story as the news so often does – but as a complex tale where the good guys do bad things and the bad guys enemies are often as bad if not worse than the bad guys themselves.

Here is a trailer.

There have been some mixed reviews for the documentary. See The Guardian, The Telegraph and Vice for a pre-broadcast interview.


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