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Title The power of nightmares - the rise of the politics of fear / written and produced by Adam Curtis.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  303.62509 POWE MJ28  disc 1    AVAILABLE
 UniM Store  303.62509 POWE MJ28  disc 2    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Power of nightmares (Television programme)
Physical description 2 videodiscs (approximately 186 minutes) : sound, colour with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Series The cutting edge, terrorism special.
Cutting edge (Television program). Terrorism special.
Notes Off-air recording of the SBS programme broadcast 06/12/05, 07/12/05, 08/12/05. Copied under Part 5A of the Copyright Act 1968.
Colour recording system: PAL ; Regional all.
Contents Copyright notice: Commonwealth of Australia. Copyright Regulations. 1969. Warning.
[disc 1, pt. 1.] Baby it's cold outside. [pt. 2.] The Phantom victory -- [disc 2, pt. 3.] The Shadows in the cave.
Credits Researchers (1-3) Satiyesh Manoharajah, Hossam al-Hamalawy.
Summary This three-part documentary explores the twin politics of terror and fear, and the nature and origin of terrorism. It deals with how and why the fantasy was created. At the heart of the story are two groups: the American neo-conservatives and the radical Islamists. Both were idealists who were born out of the failure of the liberal dream to build a better world. These two groups have changed the world but not in the way either intended. Together they created today's nightmare vision of an organised terror network - a fantasy which, politicians then found, restored their power and authority in a disillusioned age.
Part one looks at the origins of the neo-conservatives and the radical Islamists in the 1950s. The rise of the politics of fear began in 1949 with two men, whose radical ideas would inspire the attack of 9/11 and influence the neo-conservative movement, now dominating Washington. Both these men believed that modern liberal freedoms were eroding the bonds that held society together. The two movements they inspired set out, in their different ways, to rescue their societies from this decay. But in an age of growing disillusion with politics, the neo-conservatives turned to fear in order to pursue their vision.
Part two assesses whether the threat from a hidden and organised terrorist network is an illusion. It examines how the radical Islamists and neo-conservatives, two groups with seemingly opposing ideologies, came together to defeat a common enemy, the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. The final part explains how the illusion was created and who benefits from it. In the wake of the shock and panic created by the devastating attack on the World Trade Centre on 11 September, 2001, the neo-conservatives reconstructed the radical Islamists in the image of their last evil enemy: the Soviet Union.
Audience Classified M. 'Some Violence' and 'Adult Themes'
Original Version First released: [London] : British Broadcasting Corporation, c2004.
System notes DVD.
Language notes Closed-captioned in English; Arabic dialogues with English subtitles.
Other author Curtis, Adam, 1955-
British Broadcasting Corporation.
Subject Fear -- Political aspects.
Conservatism -- United States.
Islam -- 20th century.
Islam -- 21st century.
Islamic fundamentalism -- Islamic countries.
Power (Social sciences) -- Psychological aspects.
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 -- Influence.
Terrorism -- Political aspects -- History -- 20th century.
Terrorism -- Political aspects -- History -- 21st century.
World politics -- 20th century.
World politics -- 21st century.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 21st century.
United States -- Military policy -- 21st century.
Variant Title Rise of the politics of fear.
Other title Terrorism special.