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Synopsis
Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris presents a portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, who served as George W. Bush’s Secretary of Defense and was the principal architect of the Iraq War. Rather than conducting a conventional interview, Morris has Rumsfeld perform and explain his ‘snowflakes’ — the enormous archive of memos he wrote across almost fifty years in Congress, the White House, in business, and twice at the Pentagon. The memos provide a window into history, not as it actually happened, but as Rumsfeld wants us to see it. By focusing on the "snowflakes," with their conundrums and their contradictions, Morris takes us where few have ever been — beyond the web of words into the unfamiliar terrain of Rumsfeld’s mind. THE UNKNOWN KNOWN shows how the ideas, the fears, and the certainties of one man, written out on paper, transformed America, changed the course of history and led to war.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2014
Subjects
Politics & government
Keywords
war; Iraq war; American foreign policy; American Studies

Credits

Director
Errol Morris
Contributor
Donald Rumsfeld

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£11.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
102 minutes
Year
2014

Distributor

Name

Dogwoof Pictures

Email
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Web
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Phone
020 7395 1217
Fax
020 7900 3270
Address
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Notes
Dogwoof is an independent distributor specialising in quality films from around the world that raise awareness, trigger change, and get people involved. The main focus is socially conscious films including THE AGE OF STUPID, THE END OF THE LINE, BURMA VJ and BLACK GOLD. Sale on DVD. In Autumn 2011 Dogwoof launched Popup Cinema (http://popupcinema.net/) to allow non-theatric screenings of their just-released and classic titles.

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