Review By: Mut Asheru
DIRTY WARS starts off right where it should. With scary truth. Beautifully shot and tightly edited it is hard to believe that it is the work of %100 real life journalistic reporting. This documentary is dramatic and heart-wrenching in the light of day. In the dark of night. It’s terrifying.
With narration aided by the writing hand of David Riker, Investigative journalist and author Jeremy Scahill takes us with him as he investigates in the lands where night-time American military raids are aimed at an ever growing list of enemies of the state. A list that never seems to have an end and can also include American citizens. The audience is quiet.
Scahill travels to Yemen and Somalia…etc. In these places we began to see through the eyes of the men, women and children interviewed just how Americans have come to be hated around the globe. In Gardez, two pregnant women among others were killed. Why did the raid take place? And why are American officials lying about being responsible? Why is the term “American Taliban” being spoken by natives? One man in the film says, “…we call them the American Taliban…men with big beards and big muscles…” Yup, the audience is as still as mice as the grim truth comes into view.
America is playing dirty and has been playing dirty for decades. President Obama is on the phone asking some ruler to keep a journalist in prison. Why? …and so then would President Obama keep me in prison if I dared report the news? This film raises many questions about JSOC, Blackwater, Anwar Al Awlaki, and just what the hell is being done in the name of America that the multitude of us Americans have no clue about.
The subject matter is weighty and the impact is felt within the first two minutes of the film. The truth is lain out bare butt naked in color for all to see. DIRTY WARS is expertly edited so that not a frame is wasted propelling the documentary along at a comfortable pace. The interviews are informative and eye-opening. And yes, you will be worried for the safety and well-being of Scahill as he goes where few would dare go in the name of truth and the exposure thereof.
*seen at 2013 Dallas International Film Festival this is a must see.
|No rating, 86 minutes|
|Director: Richard Rowley|
|Screenwriters: Jeremy Scahill, David Riker|
|Producers: Anthony Arnove, Brenda Coughlin, Jeremy Scahill|
|Director of photography: Richard Rowley|
|Editor: Richard Rowley|
|Production companies: Big Noise|