When We Were Terrorists
On "Bloody Sunday" (2002), "The Alamo" (2004), and "12 Years A Slave" (2013)
New Books Network 2021
Our Lies Agreed Upon in this episode are: First, that a familiar, timeless story that reinforces who we think we are must be true. Second, that history is there to reassure and uplift, not to challenge, or make us uncomfortable. And third, that there is only one history - a stable truth that sits outside of time, prejudice, and self-interest. We explore how Hollywood represents the traumatic past in the wake of a more recent trauma - 9/11. The films discussed are Bloody Sunday (2002), The Alamo (2004), and 12 Years A Slave (2013).