- Conflict & Crisis
By Sarah Dee
January 31, 2013
The Sundance Film Festival took place in Park City, Utah last week and the documentary ‘Dirty Wars’ came out on top, taking the Cinematography Award in the U.S. Documentary Category.
The film’s director, Richard Rowley, of Big Noise Films and other award-winning documentaries, had this to say in his acceptance speech according Sundance’s website:
“Rowley: “Almost three years ago when we knocked on a door in Gardez, Afghanistan, we were the first filmmakers they’d seen since Americans kicked in their doors and murdered members of their family.”
But he promised to tell their stories, and thanks Sundance, “for allowing us to keep that promise.”
The documentary goes inside the so-called ‘War on Terror’ with whistle-blower and investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill who exposes the seedy under-belly of America’s undeclared wars.
Scahill also investigates the origins of the mysterious Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), a high-tier combat squad who have a “kill-list” from which not even U.S. citizens are safe. Nothing is off limits in this dramatic documentary.
Here is a riveting description of the film taken from Sundance’s website:
“It’s the dirty little secret of the War on Terror: all bets are off, and almost anything goes.
We have fundamentally changed the rules of the game and the rules of engagement. Prior to 9/11, it was customary for America to sound a formal declaration of war on a given country before attacking.”
Today drone strikes, night raids, and U.S. government-condoned torture occur in hidden corners across the globe, generating unprecedented civilian casualties.
Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), the most secret and elite fighting force in U.S. history, exposing covert operations carried out by men who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress.
No target is off-limits for the JSOC “kill list,” even if the person is a U.S. citizen.”
Sounds like a “must-see”!!!
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Sarah Dee is a University of Texas graduate and animal lover who enjoys writing, reading, and living in the Lone Star State. She is also a guest co-host on Truth Exposed Radio Show and an investigative journalist for intellihub.com, a popular alternative news website.
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