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The Unknown Known

LSE Arts film screening and Q&A


In The Unknown Known, (@UnknownKnownUK) Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris offers a mesmerising portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, the larger-than-life figure who served as George W. Bush’s secretary of defense and as the principal architect of the Iraq War.

Rather than conducting a conventional interview, Morris has Rumsfeld perform and explain his “snowflakes” — the enormous archive of memos he wrote across almost fifty years in Congress, the White House, in business, and twice at the Pentagon. The memos provide a window into history — not as it actually happened, but as Rumsfeld wants us to see it.

By focusing on the “snowflakes,” with their conundrums and their contradictions, Morris takes us where few have ever been — beyond the web of words into the unfamiliar terrain of Rumsfeld’s mind. The Unknown Known presents history from the inside out. It shows how the ideas, the fears, and the certainties of one man, written out on paper, transformed America, changed the course of history — and led to war.

This event will include a screening of the film, followed by a Q&A with film director Errol Morris.

Errol Morris| (@errolmorris) is an American film director. In 2003, The Guardian put him seventh in its list of the world's 40 best active directors. In 2003, his film The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.


Speaker(s):

Errol Morris | talks
Chair: Professor Peter Trubowitz | talks

 

Date and Time:

18 March 2014 at 2:00 pm

Duration:

2 hours 30 minutes

 

Venue:

The Venue
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
1 Sheffield Street
London
WC2A 2AP


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Organised by:

London School of Economics & Political Science
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Tickets:

FREE

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