Tonight at Spectacle
you have a rare chance to see The Power of Nightmares
, a powerful film that, since its BBC debut in 2004, never aired on American TV or had a standard theatrical run. Adam Curtis’s occasionally deadpan, always dead-serious documentary traces the parallel rise of radical Islamists in the Middle East and neoconservative ideologues in the U.S., making the case that each group gained power by fomenting fear of the other to create global mayhem. The film’s sometimes earnest, sometimes ironic use of well chosen archival footage, talking heads interviews, and music “sometimes has the feel of a Noam Chomsky lecture channeled by Monty Python
,” as Peter Bergen wrote for The Nation
. Don't miss it.