The Panama Deception (1992)


The Panama Deception is a 1992 American documentary about the true reasons for the 1989 US invasion of Panama and big media complicity in these activities.


The film is critical of the actions of the US military during the 1989 invasion of Panama, covering the conflicting reasons for the invasion. It also highlighted media bias within the United States, showing events that were unreported or systematically misreported, including downplaying the number of civilian casualties.

The film asserts that the US government invaded Panama primarily to destroy the the Panamanian Defence Forces (PDF) who were perceived as a threat to US control over Panama, and to install a government friendly to US interests.

The film includes footage of mass graves uncovered after the American troops had withdrawn, burned down neighbourhoods, alludes to the use of beam and other experimental weapons, as well as depictions of some of the 20,000 refugees who fled the fighting.

Production & Filming Details

  • Narrator(s): Elizabeth Montgomery.
  • Director(s): Barbara Trent.
  • Producer(s):
    • Eric Castillo … co-producer.
    • Joanne Doroshow … producer.
    • Louise Hogarth … co-producer.
    • David Kasper … producer.
    • Gary Meyer … co-executive producer.
    • Nico Panigutti … producer.
    • Saryl T. Radwin … co-producer.
    • Barbara Trent … co-executive producer/producer.
    • Alison Trinkl … co-producer.
  • Writer(s): David Kasper.
  • Music: Chuck Wild.
  • Cinematography: Manuel Becker and Michael Dobo.
  • Editor(s): David Kasper.
  • Production: Empowerment Project.
  • Distributor(s): Empowerment Project.
  • Release Date: 31 July 1992.
  • Running Time: 91 minutes.
  • Rating: PG.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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