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Shadow Company is a never before seen immersive and balanced look at the secret world of private soldiers. With Captivating interviews of mercenaries, journalists, security contractors, and academics and explosive footage from Iraq, Sierra Leone, South Africa, US and UK, Shadow Company reveals an insiders view of a war quite unlike anything on the filtered evening news.
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It is fair to say that proper utilization of PMCs is limited to employment of a PMC by a nation-state or body politic, with the regulation, controls and oversight that result from the nature of this kind of employment, vs employment by a private entity where these regulatory elements are questionable if even present.
The strength of this documentary is the inclusion of the anecdotes and opinions of the contractors themselves. This inclusion is important because it balances out the somewhat negative views many of the journalists have of PMCs, due in no small part to an inherent lack of understanding of the culture and operational environment inherent within the historically successful PMCs such as EO. People fear PMCs because they do not understand the way they work and associate the negative stereotypes perpetrated by media smear campaigns, like the ones against EO, with the PMCs of today. Sensationalist journalism in regards to PMCs and "mercenaries" in general are an example of this.
The documentary is highly informative and worth viewing, and does provide an important insight into PMCs in a way that is available to the general public.
For anybody in or interested in the industry and for everbody interested in Iraq and Afghanistan Watch this film, you will learn more from this than 500 hours of the news! and unlike all the others no politics! a brilliantly made film
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