Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times(“Chomsky 9.11”)
- Director: John JUNKERMAN
2002 English Subtitled in Japanese Color 35mm 74 min
Production Company: Siglo, Ltd.
Producer: YAMAGAMI Tetsujiro
Photography: OTSU Koshiro
Editing: John JUNKERMAN, HATA Takeshi
Music: IMAWANO Kiyoshiro
Sound mix: TSURUMAKI Yutaka
Contact: Siglo, Ltd.
Nakano Daini Coop. #210, 5-24-16 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164-0001 JAPAN
[Festivals and prizes] Pusan 2002, Singapore 2003, Karlovy Vary 2003
[Synopsis] Activist-linguist Noam Chomsky’s lectures after 9.11 on terrorism, the war on Iraq, and the exercise of American power abroad.
In a series of hard-hitting interviews and public talks, Chomsky discusses the “war on terror” in the context of American foreign intervention throughout the postwar decades—in Vietnam, Central America, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Beginning with the fundamental principle that the exercise of violence against civilian populations is terror, regardless of whether the perpetrator is a well-organized band of Muslim extremists or the most powerful state in the world, Chomsky challenges the US to apply to its own actions the moral standards it demands of others.
Born in the United States in 1952, he has been making documentary films in Japan and the US since the 1980s. His first film Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima, a portrait of Japanese atomic-bomb artists, was nominated for an Academy Award. His other films include Uminchu: The Old Man and the East China Sea and The Mississippi: River of Song, a series on American roots music.