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THE UNKNOWN KNOW: Errol Morris Q&A

Wednesday 19th March, 2014

"The unknown knowns - things that you possibly may know that you don't know you know"- Donald Rumsfeld

Donald Rumsfeld, congressman for over fifty years, advisor to four presidents and so-called principal architect of the Iraq war, has never been short for words. Renowned for his linguistic gymnastics, and an uncanny ability to use rhetoric to bewitch and befuddle, how will Rumsfeld fare under the penetrating gaze of Oscar-winning director Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War, Tabloid)?

Morris allows Rumsfeld to take the stage as the writer/performer of his own life, using the many thousands of internal memos he calls 'snowflakes'. But as Morris pulls him back to retrace controversial flashpoints such as the invasion of Iraq, accusations of torture, and the revelations of Abu Ghraib, their conversation becomes a cat-and-mouse game of argument and counterargument, evidence and evasion. An utterly mesmerising portrait, taking us beyond Rumsfeld's infamous web of words and into the unfamiliar terrain of his mind.

After the film we were joined by director Errol Morris for a Q&A.

Morris' films have won many awards, including an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature (The Fog Of War), the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival (A Brief History of Time), the Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Festival (Standard Operating Procedure), and the Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America (The Thin Blue Line)

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"The unknown knowns - things that you possibly may know that you don't know you know"- Donald Rumsfeld

"After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven't found another filmmaker who intrigues me more. Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini"- Roger Ebert