The Panama Deception

The Panama Deception is a 1992 American documentary film that won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[1] The film is critical of the actions of the U.S. military during the 1989 invasion of Panama, covering the conflicting reasons for the invasion. It also highlighted media bias within the United States, showing events that were unreported or systematically misreported, including downplaying the number of civilian casualties. It was directed by Barbara Trent, written and edited by David Kasper, and narrated by actress Elizabeth Montgomery. It was a production of the Empowerment Project.

The Panama Deception
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Directed byBarbara Trent
Written byDavid Kaspar
Narrated byElizabeth Montgomery
Music byChuck Wild
CinematographyManuel Becker
Michael Dobo
Empowerment Project
Distributed byEmpowerment Project
Release date
  • July 31, 1992 (1992-07-31)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film asserts that the U.S. government invaded Panama primarily to destroy the PDF, the Panamanian Defense Forces, who were perceived as a threat to U.S. control over Panama, and to install a government friendly to U.S. interests. The film includes footage of mass graves uncovered after the American troops had withdrawn, burned down neighborhoods, alludes to the use of beam and other experimental weapons, as well as depictions of some of the 20,000 refugees who fled the fighting.

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  1. ^ "NY Times: The Panama Deception". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-11-19.

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