Original Release Date: July 31, 1992
Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: September 25, 2007
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: New Video Group
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Filmaker Interview
- Panama after the Invasion
- Panama to Iraq: The Trajectory of US Militarism
- The Futures of Panama & Latin America
- The Polotics of Demonization and Fear
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1992 -
Best Documentary Feature
New York Times - 10/23/1992
"...A tough, provocative, highly opinionated and slickly produced documentary....The pictures and the testimony do quite well..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 08/28/1992
"...THE PANAMA DECEPTION is advocacy at its most effective..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
A riveting Academy Award-winning documentary, made all the more timely by recent U.S. invasions and the current war on terror, 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.
Acclaimed filmmakers Barbara Trent and David Kasper uncover the real reasons for this internationally condemned attack, and reveal General Manuel Noriega s longstanding relationship with the C.I.A., the D.E.A., and George Bush, Sr. Utilizing devastating footage, expert commentary, and eyewitness testimony, the film shines a spotlight on this pivotal moment in U.S. history. Network news clips and media critics contribute to a staggering analysis of media control and self-censorship used to deceive the American public--a film hauntingly relevant today.
An example of documentary journalism at its best, THE PANAMA DECEPTION is ...tough, provocative, highly opinionated... an answer to the official United States Government line about the 1989 invasion of Panama. (The New York Times)
DVD Features: Follow-up interviews with filmmakers Barbara Trent & David Kasper; Panama to Iraq: The Trajectory of U.S. Militarism; The Future of Panama & Latin America; The Politics of Demonization and Fear, with Phyllis Bennis; Panama After the Invasion, with Humberto Brown; Trailers from GoodFilms.org; Resource Guide; Filmmaker Biographies
A straightforward condemnation of the Reagan-Bush policy toward Panama with music by Sting, Jackson Browne and others. Winner of an Academy Award for Best Documentary. Narrated by Elizabeth Montgomery.
"Panama Deception" skillfully deconstructs the mass of official lies surrounding the 1989 US invasion of Panama. The documentary postulates that the invasion directly resulted from a carefully planned plot to renegotiate Jimmy Carter's 1977 treaty, which returns control of the Canal Zone to the Panamanian government by the year 2000. Through interviews with both refugees and government officials, and through their own diligent investigative journalism, the filmmakers paint a picture of a less than benevolent US government wreaking terror in the name of policy.
- Contains testimony from Panamanian refugees which is dubbed in English.
- Shot on video, but distributed theatrically in a 35m transfer. In color.
Additional cast: Abraham Alvarez (voice-over), Carlos Cantu (voice-over), Diviana Ingravallo (voice-over).
- Additional credits: Nico Panigutti (producer), Michael Dobo (director of photography), Manuel Becker (director of photography), Chuck Wild (score composer), Jorge Strunz (additional music), Ismael Rivera (additional music).
- An Empowerment Project production in association with