Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Human Terrain Makes News in Berlin

February 16, 2011

Top Berlin newspapers Die Tageszeitung and Zeit Online were among the local media covering a recent screening at Kino Babylon of Human Terrain, a documentary produced by Institute Professor James Der Derian. The film was praised in Die Tageszeitung's review for its commitment to plumbing the complexity of the US military's strategy of cultural awareness to win over the hearts and minds of the Iraqi and Afghan people.

The screening was followed by a panel discussion, which Der Derian describes in a post online, saying "I told the crowd that I considered Human Terrain to be an interwar documentary, investigating a period when the spectacle of a war devolves into a permanent war of spectacles. Which of course gave me the opportunity to present my favorite Walt quote:  ‘In times of terror, when everything is a conspiracy, everyone must play the detective.’"

There will be another Berlin screening of Human Terrain at Taz Cafe on March 7.