The Panama Deception

The Panama Deception is a 1992 American documentary film that won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[1] The film is critical of the actions of the U.S. military during the 1989 invasion of Panama, covering the conflicting reasons for the invasion. It also highlights media bias within the United States, showing events that were unreported or systematically misreported, including the downplaying of the number of civilian casualties. It was directed by Barbara Trent, written and edited by David Kasper, and narrated by actress Elizabeth Montgomery. It was a production of the Empowerment Project.

The Panama Deception
The Panama Deception.jpg
Directed byBarbara Trent
Written byDavid Kaspar
Narrated byElizabeth Montgomery
CinematographyManuel Becker
Michael Dobo
Music byChuck Wild
Empowerment Project
Distributed byEmpowerment Project
Release date
  • July 31, 1992 (1992-07-31)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film asserts that the U.S. government invaded Panama in order to destroy the PDF, the Panama Defense Forces, which were perceived as a threat to U.S. control over Panama, and install a government which would be friendly to U.S. interests. The film includes footage of mass graves uncovered after the American troops had withdrawn and footage of burned-down neighborhoods, alludes to the use of beam and other experimental weapons, and presents depictions of some of the 20,000 refugees who fled the fighting.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "NY Times: The Panama Deception". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-02-01. Retrieved 2008-11-19.

External linksEdit