The Panama Deception

Directed by Barbara Trent and written by David Kasper (Trent was the director-coproducer and Kasper the editor-coproducer of the excellent 1988 Coverup: Behind the Iran Contra Affair), this 1992 film about the U.S. invasion of Panama during the 1989 Christmas season is an even more persuasive exposition of governmental corruption, of the murderous and callous behavior of this country toward the third world, and of the collaborating deceitfulness of the media than Coverup was. Most of the well-researched and carefully documented information speaks cogently for itself, though one wishes at times that the analysis of the media coverage went further. Shot on video and transferred to film. (JR)

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