Join me as I travel Iraq discovering the untold stories about the lives of the Iraqi people and the US soldiers. As a freelance filmmaker, I will take you on a unique personal journey uncovering stories that go beyond the headlines and politics. Tour a children's landmine hospital, visit remote villages with medical aid workers, drop in on illegal gun markets, and walk the streets of Baghdad.
I would have given this movie zero stars if that was an option. Sadly, it was not. This movie was so liberal biased. The film maker talks about his "weapons quals" as if it were nothing. As if the men doing the job could be proficient in it with a 2 hour class. The soldiers that the interviewed, to include the E6 that talked trash about their chain of command.....all of them should receive UCMJ action. Disgraceful excuses for soldiers. I have lost the time it took to watch this movie from my life forever. I will never again get that time back, and that makes me sad. Terrible movie. Dont waste you time.
Oh man, this was well worth the watch. The guy got press status, but was not a journalist, meaning he did not nd does not work for any news gathering organization, and this is an independent film. You can't get much closer to the source for authentic reporting.
Congratulations to Mike for bringing this effort to fruition. It can't have been easy. The places he goes and the way he goes to them are truly extraordinary. Anyone who has been to Iraq knows that the footage he has shot is very true to life in terms of the small village scenes, the way Iraqis communicate very well in english, even when limited by vocabulary, etc...
I'm curious what qualifies the film as "unbiased". It is not. It is biased as all films are -- one way or the other. Certainly there are degrees. For as rare as the footage that he has captured is, his anti-Bush perspective (including trying to coax a Bush-adoring Kurd to reconsider her opinion, or accidentally say something negative through mis-translation) is a small price to pay for those images. We should not pretend he is not biased, though.
The narration is simplistic and heavy-handed, but also gives the piece a fresh feel.
I can tell you from watching projects like this get filmed and troops get interviewed, the most inflammatory moments in the documentary (soldier rants, tank crushing a car, nighttime harrassment fires) are surely the most inflammatory he shot. They are terrible, and embarrassing for our nation, but they are not 'mainstream'. He likely shot hundreds or thousands of hours of video, and chose his cuts selectively. That is certainly his prerogative for the risks he endured.
Overall, this is a valuable addition to the Iraq body of work, but not an unbiased one. This is the most footage that I have found in one place that gives an accurate view of the typical moments in Iraqi life. After watching it, everyone will think more clearly and act more purposefully the next time a war debate comes up, as it will.
Posing as a reporter? I watched about three-quarters of this before stopping it and wonder how many lives you put at risk. You're telling the soldiers how to say tomorrow in Arabic and two scenes earlier when talking to the old Kurdish lady you could only say hello and made a fool of yourself. You let the soldiers say merry Christmas to families back home thinking it would be on the news. You post a clip from Appache helicopters shooting up some isurgents and act as if you secretly obtained this tape. It has been all over Youtube and I am guessing that is where you found it.