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September 22 in Gibsons

Dirty Wars

US, 2013, 90min, documentary.
Director: Rick Rowley

Still from  'The Lunchbox'

"Filed from the frontlines of the war on terror, documentarian Richard Rowley's astonishingly hard-hitting Dirty Wars renders the investigative work of journalist Jeremy Scahill in the form of a '70s-style conspiracy thriller. A reporter for the Nation, Scahill follows a blood-strewn trail from a remote corner of Afghanistan, where covert night raids have claimed the lives of innocents, to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), a shadowy outfit empowered by the current White House to assassinate those on an ever-expanding 'kill list,' including at least one American. This jaw-dropping, persuasively researched pic has the power to pry open government lockboxes."—Rob Nelson, Variety.

'Dirty Wars' poster.Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill stumbles upon a US night raid gone badly wrong in a remote corner of Afghanistan, where a witness swears to having seen American soldiers digging bullets out of the bodies of pregnant dead women. Scahill’s investigation leads him to unravel the secret manoeuvres of the shadowy and powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) as he is drawn into a world of covert operations unknown to the public and carried out across the globe by men who do not exist on paper and may never appear before Congress. In military jargon, JSOC teams “find, fix, and finish” their targets, who are selected through a secret process. No target is off limits for Obama’s “kill list,” including US citizens.
From Afghanistan to Yemen and Somalia, as well as back home in New York where he tries to piece the puzzle together, Scahill meets with Special Forces operators, military generals and US-backed warlords who go on camera and on the record—some for the first time. He tracks down the survivors of targeted assassinations and drone strikes, including the family of the first American citizen being hunted by his own government.
Described as “a mystery thriller as compelling as any feature film" by The Huffington Post, Dirty Wars is also a New York Times Bestselling book (Serpent’s Tail publishers) by Jeremy Scahill on the same topic, exhaustively researched and footnoted. Scahill’s previous book is the international bestseller Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army (2007).

MORE ABOUT THIS FILM

Official website.

 

Reviews

Dirty Wars: Jeremy Scahill's antidote to Zero Dark Thirty's heroic narrative . Review by Amy Goodman in The Guardian, January 2013.

 

INTERVIEW

Dirty Wars author Jeremy Scahill: is journalism being criminalised?. Video interview with Jeremy Scahill from The Guardian, June 2013.

 

AWARDS

Sundance 2013 US documentary cinematography award.

 

Book cover: 'Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield"

Cover of the book by the same name.

 

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