Dirty Wars

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Dirty Wars

When American foreign correspondent Jeremy Scahill riskily ventures far from Kabul to cover the aftermath of a US raid which killed Afghan children and pregnant women, what he uncovers contradicts official military denials. That’s just the first step in this gripping investigative doc, which plays out like a classic conspiracy thriller as it follows a trail of clues to the heart of darkness behind President Obama’s good-guy facade.

Scahill may not have the screen charisma of a Hollywood leading man, but he has the integrity to keep on pushing at closed doors even after threats are made to his personal security. He also widens his focus to include Yemen and Somalia and draws a pattern of state-sanctioned assassination by unchecked US special forces and their mercenary hirelings. Compassion for the innocent victims claimed along the way fuels the film’s piercing sense of purpose, lent even greater emotional force by a sombre soundtrack from The Kronos Quartet. Even after ‘The Hurt Locker’ and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, this brings us chillingly closer to the real story of the post-Iraq shitstorm.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday November 29 2013
Duration: 87 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Rick Rowley
Screenwriter: David Riker

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Fill B

Here's a documentary that goes only half the way. Starts with a mystery: who were these bearded Americans who came, killed, and left? What were they up to? Ends wiht us knowing who they were, J-SOC, but not a ghost of a whisper of a hint as to why they did it. We learn dozens of such raids happen every day in places that span the globe, but we have no idea why the private army of our White House is doing them. Filmmaker has a start, but published before he got to a satisfying body of facts.

social concerns

An intricate investigation documentary about the war in Afghan of which we don't know much except from the glimpse of the general medias and from the government. After watching it last night, I lost my respect to our President, he is no different from Bush/Cheney.

social concerns

An intricate investigation documentary about the war in Afghan of which we don't know much except from the glimpse of the general medias and from the government. After watching it last night, I lost my respect to our President, he is no different from Bush/Cheney.