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Released 2005
Episodes 235, 236 and 237
Writers Adam Curtis
The Power of Nightmares, subtitled The Rise of the Politics of Fear, is a BBC documentary film series, written and produced by Adam Curtis. Its three one-hour parts consist mostly of a montage of archive footage with Curtis's narration. The series was first broadcast in the United Kingdom in late 2004 and has subsequently been broadcast in multiple countries and shown in several film festivals, including the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

The films compare the rise of the Neo-Conservative movement in the United States and the radical Islamist movement, making comparisons on their origins and claiming similarities between the two. It debunks the claim of Islamic fundamentalists as a massive, sinister organised force of destruction, noting that al-Qaeda is a myth perpetrated by politicians worldwide — particularly by American Neo-Conservatives — to unite and inspire their people following the failure of earlier, more positive ideologies.

It is intriguing that, in spite of the skepticism towards the story of an islamist threat manifest in this film, as Scott Noble notes: "I don’t recall seeing the slightest hint of skepticism about the official story of Sep 11th in The Power of Nightmares". All 3 parts have been adapted on the show:

  1. Baby It's Cold Outside 235
  2. The Phantom Victory 236
  3. The Shadows in the Cave 237