Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror

Breaking the Silence:
Truth and Lies in the War on Terror

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Directed by John Pilger
Steve Connelly
Produced by Christopher Martin
Richard Clemmow
Written by John Pilger
Starring John Pilger
Music by Nick Russell-Pavier
Cinematography Preston Clothier
Edited by Andrew Denny
Running time
52 min
Language English

Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror is a 2003 Carlton Television documentary written and directed by John Pilger, produced by Christopher Martin and co-directed by Steve Connelly. In the film, Pilger presents a personal view of "the truth and lies in the 'war on terror'."[1][2]


The documentary attempts to contrast the proclaimed aims of the War on Terror with, what Pilger sees, as the humanitarian failures in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq. It asserts that the Afghan mujahideen and Afghan Arabs including Osama bin Laden, from which later both the Taliban and Al Qaeda were created, received support from the United States and Britain's MI6. Pilger alleges that President Jimmy Carter authorised a five-hundred million dollar programme to help set up the native Afghan mujahideen, starting as early as six months prior to the Soviet invasion into Afghanistan.


It is referred to as an "excellent film" in the book Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal.[3] It won a Commendation or Honorable Mention award at a 2004 film and video festival.[4]

Awards and festival screenings

External links


  1. "Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror". Bullfrog Films. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  2. "John Pilger Filmography 1970-2008". Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  3. Arnove, Anthony (2007). Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal. Macmillan. p. 135. ISBN 978-0-8050-8272-2.
  4. Blakely, Thomas (March 2005). "2004 AAA film and video festival". Anthropology News. 46 (3): 53. doi:10.1525/an.2005. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
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