Dirty Wars 2013 NR CC

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Journalist Jeremy Scahill presents a thrilling, globe-trotting exposé of America's expanding secret wars.

Starring:
Jeremy Scahill
Runtime:
1 hour 27 minutes

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Dirty Wars

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Genres Military & War, Drama, Mystery, Documentary
Director Rick Rowley
Starring Jeremy Scahill
Supporting actors Muqbal Al Kazemi, Abdul Rahman Barman, Saleh Bin Fareed, Andrew Exum, Abdul Ghafoor, Philip Giraldi, Matthew Hoh, Patrick Lang, John McCain, William McRaven, Emile Nakhleh, Malcolm Nance, Barack Obama, Mohamed Qanyare, Mohammed Sabir, Jeremy Scahill, Anthony Allen Shaffer, Hajji Sharabuddin
Studio Sundance Selects
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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The film was extraordinarily compelling and beautifully produced.
varnienarsil
The good thing about a horror film that scares you is that, once the movie is finished, you know it is over and you can sleep well knowing it is not real.
Texas Reader
Everyone on the planet should be very concerned about the lies we have been told over and over again by our U.S. government regarding these wars.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Bowen Cho on September 17, 2013
Format: DVD
"Yet we seemingly tolerate a rising level of violence that ignores our common humanity and our claims to civilization alike. We calmly accept newspaper reports of civilian slaughter in far-off lands." Robert F Kennedy

Although it seems America may be pulling out of Afghanistan next year, Special Operations units have been steadily and secretly increasing their military footprint around the rest of the world in places like Yemen and Somalia. Consequently, today's wars are being fought in our name in foreign lands completely under the public radar. In light of recent revelations regarding the government's massive domestic surveillance program and the DOJ's record amount of prosecutions against whistleblowers, one might reasonably argue that this is the least transparent administration in our nation's history. The Obama administration's attempts to sanitize war by shrouding it behind a cloak of government secrecy ultimately serve to keep American citizens in the dark about what is really going on. War is by nature dirty, however, and it is the very knowledge that war comes with huge costs and sacrifices that acts as a check on our aggressive impulses. By bringing the hidden truths about these military night raids and drone strikes into the light, "Dirty Wars" makes a compelling argument about why you should care that we have been a nation at perpetual war since 9/11.

Originally, the film was supposed to focus solely on the story of the buildup of JSOC itself, but the filmmakers made a good decision to expand the scope of the documentary to include more about the man who helped to expose the story.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Susan K Treiman on August 27, 2013
Format: DVD
Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield"Dirty Wars" should be mandatory viewing/reading for every American. It uncovers the kind of deeply hidden but extraordinarily important information and background that every voter Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefieldbe aware of; the information that was once the purview of investigative newspaper reporters. With the fourth estate no longer doing their job, its now left to enterprising and intelligent independent producers like the extraordinary Jeremy Scahill to bring the true machinations of our government to light. Having read his previous book on Blackwater, I was already a dedicated follower before this latest and equally important topic was thoroughly covered. I urge everyone to see this. Kudos to Scahill for another journalistic masterpiece.
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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful By artistdogboy on August 27, 2013
Format: DVD
This award winning book and film are thought provoking and should be a first choice for anyone interested in the truth about America's current foreign policy and drone wars. The book and film allows the viewer to see how America's questionable policies and use of drones may be having exactly the reverse effect that CIA and military secretive war makers intended. It points out how these policies continue to enraged millions around the world and strengthened the hand of America's enemies. It uncovers what many would consider war crimes. Jeremy Shahill is a fearless impartial national treasure and a dying bred of journalist who still seeks to get to the bottom of a story and reveal the truth no matter how culturally unpopular it may end up being. 'Dirty Wars' helps to shines a bright fact filled light on US war making that many Americans would be surprise to know goes on in their name.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By adam on August 28, 2013
Format: DVD
a must-see documentary for anyone who wants to know the brutal truth about the war on terror. investigative journalist jeremy scahill asks the tough questions and gets haunting answers that will stick with you long after the film's over. and it's all presented in an engaging, audience-friendly narrative that will keep you on the edge of your seat. this better get a best documentary nod come oscar season!

and buy the book too! the film is an excellent introduction but there's way too much information than can be contained within a 2 hour film. if you're anything like me, you'll leave this movie outraged and hungry for more knowledge.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Barry Eisler on October 23, 2013
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Dirty Wars the book is an encyclopedic (though compellingly readable) history of America's abandonment of her own purported values in pursuit of an endless, borderless war against a tactic. Dirty Wars the movie is both an excellent summary of and supplement to that story. My only quibble is that the filmmakers decided to include the portion "Breaking Out of the Green Zone" as an extra rather than including it in the film itself. It's essential viewing for anyone concerned about independent journalism, and if you watch the DVD, take a few minutes to watch the extras -- it's well worth it.

My thoughts on the book: "Like Jane Mayer's The Dark Side, but much broader in its basis and scope, Dirty Wars is the most thorough and authoritative history I've read yet of the causes and consequences of America's post 9/11 conflation of war and national security. I know of no other journalist who could have written it: For over a decade, Scahill has visited the war zones, overt and covert; interviewed the soldiers, spooks, jihadists, and victims; and seen with his own eyes the fruits of America's bipartisan war fever. He risked his life many times over to write this book, and the result is a masterpiece of insight, journalism, and true patriotism. Read it."
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