The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror (2005)

The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 33mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Audrey Brohy Producer n/a 3 3000002
Gerard Ungerman Producer n/a 3 3000001
Audrey Brohy Director n/a 2 2000002
Gerard Ungerman Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Audrey Brohy Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
Fritz Heede Music n/a 120781 8000001
Jason Stelzel Editor n/a 172 7000001
Gerard Ungerman Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Gerard Ungerman Director n/a 2 2000001
Ed Asner Narrator n/a 120790 1000009
Ahmed Rashid Actor Himself 1 1000004
Gary Schmitt Actor Himself 1 1000003
Noam Chomsky Actor Himself 1 1000002
Karen Kwiatkowski Actor Herself 1 1000005
Paul Bremer Actor Himself 1 1000006
Scott Peterson Actor Himself 1 1000008
Randa Habib Actor Himself 1 1000007
Zbigniew Brzezinski Actor Himself 1 1000001
According to O.E.C.D. data, the Middle-East holds 70% of the world oil reserves while North America and Europe will run out of oil in 2010 at their current rate of production. Current technologies might provide alternatives to oil for energy but not to oil for plastics. In the wake of Vice President Dick Cheney's 2001 Energy Task Force, is it a coincidence if George Bush targeted Iraq in its so-called "war on terror", a country known to possess the second largest oil reserves in the world? Is it another coincidence that US forces in Afghanistan and Central Asia are based near Central Asian oil and natural gas? Was invading Iraq and Afghanistan really meant to reduce terrorist threats against the United States or was it a ploy to guarantee that the average American can go on for a while consuming 4 times more energy than the average European or 32 times more energy than the average African? After a year-and-a-half investigation and a three-month trip between Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, the documentary looks at both the human cost and the greater geo-strategic picture of George Bush's "war on terror". With solid facts and figures, maps and graphics and original footage shot on location, the documentary features such personalities as Zbigniew Brzezinski, Noam Chomsky, Gary Schmitt (Director of The Project for the New American Century), Ahmed Rashid (best-selling author of "Taliban") and Karen Kwiatkowski (Pentagon).