(75 minutes) Iraq/USA
Director/Producer: Tonje Hessen Schei
Independent Intervention is an award-winning documentary about the U.S. media coverage of the war in Iraq. Focusing on the human costs of war, it contrasts the mass mediaís coverage of the invasion of Iraq with independent reports of the brutal realities on the ground. As the major U.S. networks remove human suffering from their presentation of war, Operation Iraqi Freedom is portrayed as a success for the spread of democracy and freedom. This film brings awareness to the disparity between the war the American people see through the corporate controlled media and the realities on the ground in Iraq. Independent Intervention explores how the growing media democracy movement in the U.S. works to challenge the mass media. The film features Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky, Dahr Jamail, Danny Schechter, Norman Solomon, David Barsamian, Kalle Lasn, James Zogby, and Jim Hightower. It also includes the voices of Howard Zinn, Michael Moore, Bill Moyers, Arundhati Roy, Jeremy Scahill, U.S. Senators, and Iraqi people.
Schei is a Norwegian filmmaker with experience as a producer, director, and reporter from NRK, the Norwegian National Broadcasting Network. She completed her masters in film from NTNU, the University of Trondheim in Norway, and has a B.A. in film production from the University of Texas in Austin. She also has a degree in social anthropology from NTNU. She has worked for Electronic News Group as a researcher and co-distributor on All Power to The People! (1997) and Downwinders (2000). Other productions include Texas and the Death Penalty (1997), Tara House Blessing Ceremony (1997), Movement (1996), Circles (1995), and Pathways (1994). Schei is the co-founder and a director of Anthropos Music, a nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas, which works with low-income schools, giving music lessons to at-risk youth. Schei is a member of the International Documentary Association and the Oregon Media Producers Association.
Tonje Hessen Schei, Director/Producer
©2006 United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF)