Control Room, the outstanding new documentary about media coverage on the Iraq war, is required viewing not only for any journalist, but also for anyone who truly believes the news they watch or read. Director Jehane Noujaim (Startup.com) provides a valuable lesson: History is written by the winners, and they have plenty of weapons and public relations savvy on hand.

It's March 2003 and Al-Jazeera, the massively popular Arab news network, is in a fight of its own. The station is working day and night covering the war from the Iraqi perspective, interviewing citizens who have lost their homes and families to American bombings, showing injured Iraqis rushed to hospitals.

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