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WAR OF LIES is the story of an Iraqi refugee, whose information about portable weapons of mass destruction passed through the hands of the BND, MI6 and CIA. This information was ultimately used by the US government to legitimize the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Today we know the war was based on a lie. The press blamed Rafed Aljanabi. He, though, proudly presents himself as the man who helped remove Saddam Hussein. Was Aljanabi really able to walk all over the world's intelligence services and how did this lie become a convenient truth?

Matthias Bittner was born in 1982 and studied at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. His films include: OPERATION: TERROR TAPE (short, 2007), WILLKÜR (short, 2008), DIVORCE TALK (short doc, 2009), ...WIE DIE RABEN (short, 2009), NOT IN MY BACKYARD (doc, 2011), and WAR OF LIES (doc, 2014).
Genre History, Society, War
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2014
Director Matthias Bittner
Screenplay Matthias Bittner
Cinematography Julia Schlingmann
Producers Susanne Mann, Paul Zischler
Co-Producers Philipp Knauss, Matthias Drescher
Production Company Zischlermann Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with FFL Film- und Fernseh-Labor/Ludwigsburg, SWR, Bayerischer Rundfunk
Length 89 min
Format DCP, HDCAM, HDCAM SR, color, cs
Original Version
Subtitled Versions German, English
Festivals IDFA Amsterdam 2014, Hot Docs 2015, Seattle 2015, Reykjavik 2015, Cluj-Napoca 2016
Awards International Emmy 2016
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg

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