Documentary Film: The Unknown Known
05/03/2014, 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM
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Award-winning director Errol Morris’ mesmerizing portrait of Donald Rumsfeld,
one of the key architects of the Iraq War, and a larger-than-life character who
provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public.
Rather than conducting a conventional interview, Morris has Rumsfeld perform
and expound on his “snowflakes,” tens of thousands of memos (many never
previously published) he composed as a congressman and as an advisor to four
different presidents, twice as Secretary of Defense. These memos provide
a window onto history—not history as it actually happened, but history as
Rumsfeld wants us to see it. Morris makes plain that Rumsfeld’s
“snowflakes”—whether intended to elucidate, rationalize, obfuscate, or control
history—are contradicted by the facts.
Errol Morris | 2013 | USA | 103 minutes | PG-13