The Panama Deception

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The Panama Deception is a 1992 American documentary film that won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film is critical of the actions of the US military during the 1989 invasion of Panama by the United States, covering the conflicting... read more
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The Panama Deception is a 1992 American documentary film that won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film is critical of the actions of the US military during the 1989 invasion of Panama by the United States, covering the conflicting reasons for the invasion and depicting the US media as biased. It also highlighted media bias, showing events that were unreported or systematically misreported in the news, including downplaying the number of civilian casualties. It was directed by Barbara Trent of the Empowerment Project and was narrated by actress Elizabeth Montgomery. The film asserts that the U.S. government invaded Panama primarily to destroy the PDF, the Panamanian Defense Forces who were perceived as a threat to US control over Panama. The film includes footage of mass graves uncovered after the US troops had withdrawn, burned down neighborhoods, as well as depictions of some of the 20,000 refugees who fled the fighting.

Original Release

07/31/1992

US Release

07/31/1992

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Cast

Elizabeth Montgomery Narrator / Narrator (English version)
Carlos Cantú English Voice-over
Diviana Ingravallo English Voice-over
Abraham Alvarez English Voice-over
Alma Martinez English Voice-over
Lou Diamond Phillips English Voice-over
Ashton Bancroft Self - President: Refugee Committee
Manuel Becker Self - Panamanian Cameraman
Larry Birns Self - Council on Hemispheric Affairs
Esmeralda Brown Self - UN Methodist Office
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Barbara Trent

Writers

David Kasper

Cast

Elizabeth Montgomery Narrator / Narrator (English version)
Carlos Cantú English Voice-over
Diviana Ingravallo English Voice-over
Abraham Alvarez English Voice-over
Alma Martinez English Voice-over
Lou Diamond Phillips English Voice-over
Ashton Bancroft Self - President: Refugee Committee
Manuel Becker Self - Panamanian Cameraman
Larry Birns Self - Council on Hemispheric Affairs
Esmeralda Brown Self - UN Methodist Office
Humberto Brown Self - Former Panamanian Diplomat
Eugene Carroll Self - Center for Defense Information
Julio Cesar Guerra Self - Panamanian Photojournalist
Ramsey Clark Self
Jeff Cohen Self - Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
Isabel Corro Self - Association of the Dead of December 20th
Roberto Durán Self
Guillermo Ford Self - Vice-President of Panama
Gavrielle Gemma Self - Director: Independent Commission of Inquiry
Balbina Herrera de Periñan Self - Panamanian National Assembly

Producers

Editors

David Kasper

1993OscarBest Documentary, Features Won
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