The Ground Truth
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Hear and witness our soldiers in this penetrating film. The shocking Iraq War ground conflict is only a prelude to the even more challenging battles these reluctant heroes face upon their return home.
Shocking and heartbreaking, The Ground Truth is an Iraq war documentary that is truly essential viewing. A story of the U.S. battle against an often-phantom insurgency, told from the perspective of ordinary Americans who found themselves participating in a daily slaughter of innocent Iraqi civilians, The Ground Truth is the view kept off American televisions since 2003. The bombings, shootings, scenes of mistreatment of civilians, and countless, bloodied bodies of children, women, and unarmed men specifically targeted by U.S. troops, should rattle anyone with eyes to see. But the films many interviews with veterans, in which they describe an American war machine that chews up young people and abandons them to their physical and psychological wounds, are also stunning in their emotional clarity and intensity. --Tom Keogh
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I have one negative criticism of The Ground Truth. Responsibly, one must provide this "Spoiler." Most veterans interviewed are with Veterans Against the War; however, the film-makers provide this ethical information only in the denouement. Furthermore, one interviewed veteran pursues a Hollywood career. Perhaps, this document-ary contains biased hidden truths--perhaps not.
Perhaps appropriately, one could compare this documentary's legitimacy to that of Fahrenheit 9/11. The text provides a goldmine of hidden realities/truths, but it functions also as essayistic propaganda. Purchase this DVD if you navigate its mixed composition willingly. Otherwise, Gunner Palace provides a less-biased commentary. But, that documentary provides often information that would benefit from accompanying commentary--such as The Ground Truth provides.