Dirty Wars

    • Richard Rowley
    • United States
    • 2013
    • 86 min
    • Dutch Premiere
    • Best of Fests
    A terrifying, revealing journey through the expansive, secret, lawless world of covert operations. Our guide is investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, who previously uncovered the Blackwater scandal in Baghdad. Beginning with a night raid in Afghanistan by a secret American unit that left an entire family dead, Scahill travels to Yemen, the United States and Mali in search of answers and justice. Interviews with the victims of war, journalists, politicians, soldiers and local officials lead to Washington and the role of President Obama, who has direct authority over the secret Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and the extrajudicial hunt for American citizens. With his personal quest, sober camerawork (which won best cinematography at Sundance), night shoots and piles of evidence, Scahill constructs a critical work in the tradition of Michael Moore that wows us with suspense and nuance instead of comedy and superlatives. A depressing elegy that shows how the never-ending War on Terror continues to create its own enemies with hit lists that just get longer and longer. In the words of an anonymous member of the JSOC, "We’ve created a hell of a hammer, that will continue searching for a nail."

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    • 86 min
    • color / black and white
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: Dari, Somali, Arabic, Afghan, English
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Richard Rowley
    Production
    Brenda Coughlin for Civic Bakery
    Executive producer
    Scott Roth, Jess Search for Doc Society, Sandra Whipham for Doc Society, Randall Wallace for Wallace Action Fund
    Cinematography
    Richard Rowley
    Editing
    Richard Rowley, David Riker

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