For the BBC, Al Qaeda doesn't exist
This is a high quality 'best parts' montage of the documentary film lasting just 32 minutes.
The unabridged version of "The Power of Nightmares" lasts 3 hours and goes back to the origins of Islam and neoconservatism. It was originally aired on BBC2 in October 2004, in a series of three one-hour episodes.
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"The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear" is a BBC documentary film which demonstrates that Al Qaeda does not exist and that the idea of terrorism as a global menace "is a fantasy, which has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. It's a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned through governments around the world, the security services and the international media".
Produced and written by Adam Curtis, who is known as the best British documentary maker, "The Power of Nightmares" explains how and why the Al Qaeda fantasy came to be created, who benefited, and why it withstands the test of time so well.
It has received numerous awards and was presented "hors compétition" (out of competition) at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
About the director: Adam Curtis received the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival (2005) and the Alan Clarke Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television at the British Academy Television Awards (2006). He taught politics at the Oxford University before leaving for a career in television.