The Power of Nightmares (2004)

Director
Adam Curtis

Main cast
Gilles Kepel; Melvin Goodman; Stephen Holmes; William Kristol; Michael Ledeen

Genres
Documentary

Description
A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain.


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