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John Pilger will be attending the Reykjavík International Film Festival

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  • John Pilger He is an avid critic of the war policies of leading world powers.

World-famous Australian-British journalist John Pilger will be attending the Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) at the end of September. Pilger’s documentary, The War You Don’t See, will be shown at the festival and RIFF in conjunction with the Icelandic association of investigative journalism and he will be special RIFF panel titled War and Peace.

Pilger has been an avid critic of the war policies of leading world powers and has also been a strong supporter of the Aborignal people of Australia and their rights. 

Since his early years as a correspondent in the Vietnam War, Pilger has been a strong critic of American and British foreign policy which he considers to be driven by an imperialist agenda. The practices of mainstream media have also been a theme in his work.
His career as a documentary film maker began with The Quiet Mutiny (1970) made during one of his visits to Vietnam, a fiilm that caused uproar in the United States and served to change the public opinion of the Vietnam war  Pilger has directed over 60 documentaries over the years.
 
In recent years he has supported Julian Assange, the founder of WIkileaks and paid his bail, although he lost the money when Asange fled to the Ecuadorian embassy. In the British print media, he has had a long association with the Daily Mirror and from 1991 he wrote a regular column for the New Statesman magazine.

 

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