96 minutes, U.S.A., 2013, Colour, D-Cinema

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“There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don’t know.”

George Bush Jnr’s tenure as President of the United States was characterised by spin and gaffes to some degree, and the then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s notorious response to press questions about whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction is a prize example of how the administration communicated.

The great documentarian Errol Morris grills Rumsfeld here about what he meant and his part as a key player in the war on terror. Morris is a master at getting his subjects to reveal more than they realise, and The Unknown Known is a vital interrogation of recent history, a worthy companion piece to Morris’ Oscar-winning Robert McNamara portrait The Fog of War. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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