The Panama Deception


The Panama Deception

A riveting Academy Award-winning critique of the government’s history of militarization, made all the more timely by the current war on terrorism. The Panama Deception documents the untold story of the December 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama; the events which led to it; the excessive force used; the enormity of the death and destruction; and the devastating aftermath. The Panama Deception uncovers the real reasons for this internationally condemned attack, presenting a view of the invasion which widely differs from that portrayed by the U.S. media and exposes how the U.S. government and the mainstream media suppressed information about this foreign policy disaster.

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Tough, provocative. An answer to the official United States government line about the 1989 invasion of Panama. Very canny filmmaking. Its images are moving in themselves and beautifully edited.
Vincent Canby, New York Times


Producer: Barbara Trent
Co-Producer: Louise Hogarth
Director: Barbara Trent
Writer: David Kaspar
Music: Chuck Wild


Academy Award, Best Documentary Feature, 1993
2nd Prize, Riminicinema International Film Festival, Rimini, Italy, 1993
Blue Ribbon, American Film & Video Festival, 1993
Gold Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival, 1993
1st Prize For Film, AMASCULTURA: Encontras Internacionais de Cinema
Documental, Lisbon, Portugal, 1993

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On December 19, 1989, U.S. troops invaded Panama with the stated purpose of ousting the man the media loved to hate, General Manuel Noriega.

Noriega was once a close ally to Washington and was once on the CIA payroll. After 1986, Noriega’s relationship with Washington took a turn for the worse. The Irancontra scandal forced three of his closest U.S. ties to leave the government. U.S. foreign policy quickly shifted against and Noriega went from friend to foe.

During the attack, the U.S. unleashed a force of 24,000 troops equipped with highly sophisticated weaponry and aircraft against a country with an army smaller than the New York City Police Department.

But the mainstream media failed to uncover the hidden reasons for this internationally condemned attack.

The Panama Deception provides analysis of U.S. relations with Panama and a devastating critique of the mainstream media and its complicity with the official government line.