Dirty Wars

Not exactly a family film, but compulsive viewing for those who remain unnerved by the ongoing tragedies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Dirty Wars Premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to much acclaim, although it did have its critics who sighted a lack of historical context. Dirt Wars is an American documentary film (2013), Directed by Richard Rowley, and written by Jeremy Scahill and David Riker. Centring on the role of military outfit that reports directly to the White House called the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). JSOC are responsible for carrying out a series of night raids in Afghanistan. The film investigates the attempted cover up by US military following  the deaths of five civilians, including two pregnant women after a night raid. The film unfolds a story of  JSOC operating with impunity beyond the boarders of Afghanistan and in none war areas such as Yemen.  The film also investigates other sites of JSOC intervention, along with interviewing who support and oppose proponents, as well as  survivors, of such raids. Whatever your views on the various conflicts around the world, which the US finds itself embroiled in, this is a genuine piece of investigatory journalism covering difficult issues that often go overlooked by journalists embedded in the military. The film reinforces the importance of a free press as an important ‘accountability’ counterweight in a representative democracy, especially where the lines between government secrecy, war, business and corporate media seem to be increasingly murky.


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