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Last June telly viewers in the UK saw this message on their screens: "Some images in this film have been obscured by the BBC. These images were broadcast unobscured by Al-Jazeera." What followed was an insightful, dispassionate report--part of the BBC's "Correspondent" series--documenting three weeks in the life of the Qatar newsroom of the Arabic-language satellite station. Al-Jazeera Exclusive, shot in March and April 2003 and directed by Ben Anthony, includes footage of Iraqis pulling blankets aside so Al Jazeera's cameras can record the faces of casualties. The BBC's decision to blur the faces of two British soldiers killed in Iraq led some people--most notably journalists--to accuse the broadcasting corporation of covering up the ugly details of war. Others, including the soldiers' families, didn't think the censors went far enough, and the BBC ended up apologizing for airing the footage. The version screening here this weekend includes the blurring--you see the soldiers' bodies, but can't make out their identities or their head wounds. Copresented by Chicago Media Action, the documentary screens Sunday, February 15, at 7 PM at Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark. Admission is $7, $3 for members. Call 773-293-1447.


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