‘The Panama Deception’ is a controversial documentary film that won the 1992 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. Film documents the untold story of the December 1989 U.S. Invasion of Panama; the events which led to it, the excessive force used, the enormity of the death and destruction, and the devastating aftermath. Documentary uncovers the real reasons for this internationally condemned attack, presenting a view of the invasion which widely differs from that portrayed by the U.S. media. It exposes how the U.S. government and the mainstream media suppressed information about this foreign policy disaster. ‘The Panama Deception’ includes never before seen footage of the invasion and its aftermath, as well as interviews with both invasion proponents like Gen. Maxwell Thurman, Panamanian President Endara and Pentagon spokesperson Pete Williams, and opponents like U.S. Representative Charles Rangel and Panamanian human rights workers Olga Mejia and Isabel Corro. Film won Oscar for Best Feature Documentary.
Barbara Trent is an Oscar winning filmmaker, seasoned activist, and trail blazer for change. She has publicly exposed criminal activities in the White House, Pentagon, and CIA, and has been the target of at least three FBI counter intelligence operations. Her personal story of courage risk and achievement, starting in the 1960s is inspiring to many. Her other documentary film credits include ‘Destination Nicaragua’ (1985) and ‘Cover Up: Behind the Iran Contra Affair’ (1988).
The Panama Deception
1991, 91', color, 35 mm
Manuel Becker, Michael Dobo
Joanne Doroshow, David Kasper, Nico Panigutti, Barbara Trent