I’ve noticed recently that there have been many documentaries released about the War in Iraq. This isn’t unusual or shocking, after all film is one of the earliest forms of propraganda and protest. It seems more common than ever to produce a documentary about something your against.
If you’re interested, here are some of the docs I’m talking about and some to look out for.
Gunner Palace – [review] US Troops living in Uday Hussein’s former pleasure palace.
Control Room – [review] It’s about Al-Jazeera, the news network’s often controversial principles and the network’s relationship with Western countries, specifically the US.
Uncovered: The War in Iraq – [from imdb.com] In this documentary feature, filmmaker Robert Greenwald chronicles the Bush Administration’s case to invade Iraq following the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The film examines the administration’s argument for war through interviews with U.S intelligence and defense officials, foreign service experts and U.N. weapons inspectors — including a former CIA director, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and even President Bush’s Secretary of the Army.
Iraq for Sale – currently in the preproduction stages. Also directed by Robert Greenwald
WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception – like Control Room, this documentary is also about the somewhat deceptive media coverage of the war.
Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War – also directed by Robert Greenwald. [from imdb.com] Interviews with varied U.S officials and experts offer a deconstruction on the Bush administration’s case for war in Iraq in the wake of 9/11.
Homefront– which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival
The Blood of My Brother – about the family of an Iraqi shot by a U.S. patrol. It also premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival
Whatever your political view may be, these documentaries are vital records of the current political situation and should be watched.