In honor of the 5-year anniversary of the Iraq War, PBS' Frontline
presented a fantastic 2- part special on the issue this past Monday and Tuesday. It is now available in it's entirety online along with interview transcripts from senior officials, a video timeline of the war, and battlefield stories from soldiers. Bush's War
- Given Saddam Hussein's central place in the American Consciousness over the last couple decades and particularly in recent years, I found 60 minutes' interview with FBI interrogator
George Piro pretty fascinating.
Sean Smith spent two months embedded with US troops in Baghdad and Anbar province.
His harrowing documentary exposes the exhaustion and disillusionment of the soldiers.
"The story of how high officials misled the country has been told. But they couldn't have done it on their own; they needed a compliant press, to pass on their propaganda as news and cheer them on."
Bill Moyers returned to PBS last night with this documentary
) examining the mainstream media's role in the run-up to the US-led invasion of Iraq.
Iraq: The Lost Generation.
This 47 minute long documentary was filmed by an anonymous Iraqi journalist. Broadcast on the UK's Channel 4 in November, it tells the stories of several young Iraqis whose lives have been changed by the invasion and occupation of their country.
La strage nascosta (italian language)
Today Rainews 24
part of RAI Television (Italian possible equivalent of PBS) broadcasted on a satellite channel a short documentary concerning the conquest of Falluja city
. The documentary presents many images and allegations suggesting that U.S. army probably used White Phosphorous
on the city during the offensive of 8 November 2004 with devastating consequences on civilians and insurgents. The substance is used on battlefield for
purposes including production of dense smoke
(M156) and also for incendiary purposes
.(Warning, disturbing pictures of dead people). Direct link goes to documentary, English audio WMV link here
. NSFW, extremely graphic, and very disturbing. Previous reference 
here on Meta.
See the war we keep talking about. The making of Gunner Palace
. The diary
of the filmmaker Michael Tucker. Rottentomato reviews
This is the war you haven't seen in the news.
Michael Tucker spent a month in Iraq with the 2/3 Field Artillery (aka the "Gunner" Battalion), and Gunner Palace
is his forthcoming documentary. (Three soldiers from the unit were on the cover of Time
's 2003 Person of the Year
issue.) There are two QuickTime trailers from the movie. [via WarBlogging]
Iraq or bust!
Usama Alshaibi, an Iraqi-American filmmaker whose flight from Saddam's Iraq and experiences in the U.S.
were recently featured in Studs Terkel's latest book
, is returning to Iraq
after over 20 years to film a documentary, and is using his weblog
to raise funds for the trip. Contributors will be given a producer credit, so this might be your big chance to make it on IMDB
Breaking the silence
Last night ITV1 in the UK ran a documentary that is unlikely to be shown in the USA. It is by a respected journalist called John Pilger and amongst other tidbits it shows Colin Powell saying in 1991 that Iraq poses no threat and also Condoleeza Rice confirming the same thing. It also quotes some US officials that the current bunch who seem to be running US foreign policy were known during the administration of Bush senior as "the crazies". Plus much more.