Documenting Iraq

Just wanted to mention some films that came up in a CNN report on Redacted. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about documentary lately because of the debate over Redacted, so I’m now curious to check out these films as well. First, I think I’d heard something about Phil Donahue’s planned Iraq documentary, but have been somewhat out of the loop lately. The doc is called Body of War and it focuses on a paralyzed Iraq War vet named Tomas Young. Cinematical has some nice background on Donahue’s film, including the information that all profits will go to charity or to Young’s medical bills.

The other film is Nick Broomfield’s Battle for Haditha, which focuses on the alleged massacre of 24 Iraqi men, women, and children in November 2005 by a group of US Marines. I’ve had some doubts about Broomfield in the past (I found Kurt and Courtney utterly manipulative in its representation of Courtney Love), so I’m definitely cautious about this one. According to IMDB, Broomfield’s film involves actors playing the key roles, not documentary footage, so I’m not sure what kinds of claims it will be making with regards to factuality.

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