The Power of Nightmares: Baby It's Cold Outside

BBC   |   UK

In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares. The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams weren't true - neither are these nightmares. This series shows dramatically how the threat of Islamist terrorism has been distorted and exaggerated by politicians. While there is a terrorist threat from radical Islamism, the idea that we are faced by a terrifying hidden organisation of unique power orchestrated by an evil mastermind Osama bin Laden is a fantasy. At the heart of the story are two groups: the American neoconservatives and the radical Islamists. Together they created today's nightmare vision of an organised terror network. A fantasy that politicians then found restored their power and authority in a disillusioned age. Reasons for Submission: The aim of the Power of Nightmares was to use the past to look again at the present and cut through many of the myths that now surround the War on terror. Because of this archive film from a multitude of sources was central to the project. Archive was used in a creative and often surprising way not just to illustrate past events but also to imaginatively understand the present in a new way. It was a modern collage that showed the extent to which archive film can be used in new ways that allow the audience to step back and view the present day in a new and informative light.