INDEPENDENT MEDIA IN A TIME OF WAR PART 2 OF 2
BEHIND THE SCENES
A diverse team of over twenty students, artists, historians, reporters and activists worked together over an eight-month period to create a trilogy of videos in response to the US invasion of Iraq."Independent Media in a Time of War" is the third and final piece in the trilogy by Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center, a grassroots collective located in upstate New York.
This video was made over the summer of 2003. We spent hundreds of hours scouring local libraries, searching through Democracy Now! archives, and logging home-recorded tapes of the news coverage of the war. We edited in an attic in rural New York, taking turns in the chair in front of the computer. (The chair was occupied 24 hours a day for about three months!) Only our outrage and frustration about the corporate news media's take on this unjust and unprecedented war kept us going through the hot summer days.
Since the video's completion in September 2003, we have had a tremendous - almost overwhelming - response. Tape sales have surpassed our wildest hopes. Many viewers have taken it with them to class, to church groups, and to show their parents. To many, the narration of Amy Goodman says so powerfully and eloquently what they themselves had wanted to say while the military embedded itself into the news and marched us off to war. It speaks to the frustration and the helplessness many of us feel in the face of what could only be called State Media. We believe it is for this reason that the video has been such a success.
by Amy Goodman