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Monday, March 20, 2023

At National Review, Sam Sweeney includes Brian De Palma's Redacted in his look at "Iraq War Films, 20 Years On" -
Brian De Palma’s film based on the Mahmudiyah incident, in which American soldiers raped a 15-year-old girl and murdered her and her family in 2006, is unsettling to watch. It is the Iraq War we want to pretend didn’t exist. It is the dark underbelly of the war, in which policy-makers put soldiers in the middle of an unwinnable war, but where the war’s moral failings were not just at the top of the chain of command. It is a picture of ourselves that we don’t want to see. The film isn’t perfect and has plenty of shortcomings. Some criticized the film for not acknowledging that those responsible for the crimes were charged and convicted, but the point is not that the crimes were committed with impunity, but rather that they were committed at all. They need not be representative of the war in Iraq to be significant.

De Palma uses his film to explore both the nature of violence in war as well as the nature of media. Every scene in the film is viewed through some form of media present in the film itself. A soldier records his day-to-day interactions as part of a film project to help him get into film school. A French documentary crew makes a film about a checkpoint manned by U.S. soldiers. Local Arabic-language media covers violence perpetrated by the U.S. We watch events through security-camera footage, web chats, deposition videos, and terrorist propaganda videos uploaded online. The film is meant to feel like a documentary. The effect is heavy-handed at times, but almost 15 years later the saturation of media at every event, where people record the smallest thing on their cellphones, has become more pronounced. Is the camera a neutral observer? These questions go beyond just the Iraq War; just ask the kids at Covington Catholic.

Posted by Geoff at 12:01 AM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 7:41 AM CDT
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Tuesday, March 21, 2023 - 11:27 PM CDT

Name: "Mustafa"

Being from Iraq myself, and witnessing the genocidal crime that have been committed against civilians, no other movie came close in portraying the atrocities committed by the barbaric invaders, like Redacted did.

It is too painful to repeat for me, and too brutally truthful to be watched by people who refuse to admit that their countries are capable of committing such crimes.

No one was held responsible for this genocide, Bush has been going to talk shows, redeemed as a beloved cuddly president, Blair is enjoying his retirement, as well as all others responsible.

My friend, who is a physician, lost his son after he was killed by Blackwater thugs.

I lost several friends, who were either killed by the Americans, or by the loose rabid dogs unleashed by the Americans when they invaded my country.

The catastrophe is, it did not only affect Iraq, but it destabilized the whole region, and ultimately the world

A war crime by every possible human standard, that if a third country did the same, that country would have been eliminated by the US!

Oh wait, Russia did the same to Ukraine, and the whole world is supporting Ukraine with money and arms, boycotting Russia, but when the US invaded Iraq,  everyone stood watching, and so much for boycotting the US!

A new low in double standards and world hypocrisy

De Palma has been my Cinematic Idol before he made Redacted, he became a Cinematic God after he made it. Just for his sheer bravery, knowing that he would be cancelled for saying the truth, but he didn’t care, just like most people did not care about what happened, and what is continuing t happen in Iraq

A country has been changed forever, brought to ruin that will never recover, why you might ask, because the Americans, according to Condoleezza Rice worked on the concept of "creative chaos" 


Once, in a film festival in Toronto, Atom Egoyan was there for Q&A, I asked him why filmmakers now are afraid to address controversial issues that no one wants to hear about, because they are afraid to see the truth. I brought Redacted as an example, he replied by saying that Redacted lacked the dramatic impact that could reach people. Lack Dramatic Impact! It is painful to watch for anyone who has a shred of conscience, and who identify with the other as a human being with feelings, ambitions, and desires.

But, this is the world we live in, they will decide for you what to watch, a lie-filled Propaganda that dehumanizes the other,  rather than an originally made slice of hurtful truth 


So, Thank you Mr. De Palma for making this document, that no one dared to make



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