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Xcèntric 2018

Adam Curtis. A natural history of power. Session 7

The Power of Nightmares



Adam Curtis is the leading figure in contemporary audiovisual essay. His films and series, as lucid as they are revealing, show the operation of power, its winding architecture, and how it marks both present-day geopolitics and us.

In the latter half of the last century, politics ceased to be the art of selling dreams to become a studied sowing of national and international nightmares and tensions. This controversial series, which was banned in the United States, relates the parallel growth of the extremisms —US and Islamic— today governing global geopolitics.


The Power of Nightmares:

Episode 1: Baby It’s Cold Outside, 2004, 60 min

Episode 2: The Phantom Victory, 2004, 60 min

Episode 3: The Shadows in the Cave, 2004, 60 min


This cycle, curated by Chema González, brings together almost the entire body of work of this English journalist and producer, re-editing the vast archives of the BBC. The films are screened in remastered copies accompanied by presentations and debates about Curtis’s work.

Directors: Adam Curtis

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