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Bitter Lake

This is well worth viewing…if you have a couple of hours and access to BBCiPlayer.

“….Politicians used to have the confidence to tell us stories that made sense of the chaos of world events. But now there are no big stories and politicians react randomly to every new crisis – leaving us bewildered and disorientated.

Bitter Lake is a new, adventurous and epic film by Adam Curtis that explains why the big stories that politicians tell us have become so simplified that we can’t really see the world any longer.

The narrative goes all over the world, America, Britain, Russia and Saudi Arabia – but the country at the heart of it is Afghanistan. Because Afghanistan is the place that has confronted our politicians with the terrible truth – that they cannot understand what is going on any longer.

The film reveals the forces that over the past thirty years rose up and undermined the confidence of politics to understand the world. And it shows the strange, dark role that Saudi Arabia has played in this.

But Bitter Lake is also experimental. Curtis has taken the unedited rushes of everything that the BBC has ever shot in Afghanistan – and used them in new and radical ways.

He has tried to build a different and more emotional way of depicting what really happened in Afghanistan. A counterpoint to the thin, narrow and increasingly destructive stories told by those in power today….”

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  1. January 27, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks, downloading it now 🙂

  2. January 27, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    How do I do that pls? I don’t have BBC Player…… 😒

  3. January 27, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Janus, it is not so easy if you are not in the UK. You need to download iplayer from the BBC website, which is the easy part.
    Then you have to be virtually in the UK. I use a proxy site as I like to see a number of BBC and ITV programmes. It works extremely well, but costs 9$ per month. I use ukproxytv.

  4. January 27, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Looks interesting. Thanks, Jazz.

  5. January 27, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Jazz, it’s too modern for me but thank you!

  6. January 29, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Janus
    Jazz, it’s too modern for me but thank you!

    $9 a month is pretty good value if it enables you to get BBCiplayer and ITV player there’s a huge amount of stuff on these channels and a large proportion of it is not rubbish ( even on the BBC ) and you can stream the content onto your tv.
    I realise that this must seem a bit technical but there must be someone in Denmark who could set it up for you.

  7. January 29, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Yes, jazz – but the truth is that my satellite channels deliver most of the good British stuff and sport galore – so I’ll stick for now!

  8. christinaosborne
    January 29, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    same here J, all the good stuff is shown on the Public TV network in the USA.
    The crap that no one wants to buy is shown on BBC America. Total drivel.

    jazz, re the film which I cannot see here. You only have to go back to the history of ‘The Great Game’ in Victorian times to understand why the whole thing out there is a non starter.
    1. No-one has ever beaten the Afghans at their own game, it has never been conquered by any and never will be, nature of the beast and denizens.
    2. Refusal by the West to understand the total tribal nature of the differing cults of islam and the homicidal tendencies of the adherents to achieve supremacy over each other at any cost. Considering these people have now had 4000 years of well documented internicine strife over one thing and another why does the West have the arrogance to think that these people can be civilised?
    3. Appeals for democracy, human rights, pcitis, etc etc to these people are seen as weakness and encourage them to believe that the West is totally decadent and ripe for the plucking.
    4 Craven politicians have no longer the guts to fix it properly. Foot on back of neck and a couple of well chosen neutron bombs would go a long way to getting a bit of peace until the next time.
    5 Love your last para, a more emotional way of looking at it!!! Please God, let me out!

    Further on the current scenario, oil at $45 per barrel is Saudi’s answer to putting the USA and Canada out of the oil game so that they can resume their quasi friendship supremacy status. Were I Obama I would give the home producers so much subsidy it hurt to finish off the middle east for good and all. Wonderful, the sins of hubris!

  9. January 30, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Further on the current scenario, oil at $45 per barrel is Saudi’s answer to putting the USA and Canada out of the oil game so that they can resume their quasi friendship supremacy status. Were I Obama I would give the home producers so much subsidy it hurt to finish off the middle east for good and all. Wonderful, the sins of hubris!

    I agree.
    Nobody appears to have noticed that whilst the Saudis appear to be unconcerned about ‘renewables’ they’re going for the jugular on fracking.
    Tells you something?

  10. christinaosborne
    January 30, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    One has wonderful visions of rusting heaps of ferraris outside tents! Not too much use for herding sheep and camels!

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