Bitter Lake is a new, adventurous, and epic film by Adam Curtis that explains why the big stories politicians tell us have become so simplified that we can’t really see the world any longer. The narrative goes all over the world, America, Britain, Russia and Saudi Arabia – but the country at the heart of it is Afghanistan, because Afghanistan is the place that has confronted our politicians with the terrible truth – that they cannot understand what is going on any longer.
Adam Curtis is an English documentary filmmaker. Curtis says that his favorite theme is “power and how it works in society”, and his works explore areas of sociology, philosophy and political history. Curtis describes his work as journalism that happens to be expounded via the medium of film. His films have won four BAFTAs. He has been closely associated with the BBC throughout his career.
Selected: Pandora’s Box: A Fable from the Age of Science (1992), The Living Dead: Three Films About the Power of the Past (1995), The Century of the Self (2002)