Adam Curtis’s Bitter Lake tells the story of the West’s involvement with Afghanistan, and the Middle East at large, through archival footage culled from the BBC’s extensive archives. Curtis’s bold, experimental style pairs the footage with his own forceful narration, text, and pop music to create a powerful statement film.
“I’m still saying what I think. I’m using all the tricks and the propaganda to get it over with,” Curtis tells The New Yorker. “I literally took what I learned in trash television in the eighties as a journalist and fused it with pretentious theories and storytelling.”