Brisk, intelligent and very human, this fascinating study of the build-up to the Iraq war examines the forces- economic, political and ideological- that drive American militarism.
On January 17, 1961, in his farewell speech to the nation President Dwight Eisenhower issued a caveat to the American people that 'unwarranted influence' was being acquired by "a permanent arms industry of vast proportions." Calling it the American Military Industrial Complex, Eisenhower sounded a solemn alarm. The US now spends more on defence than the total sum allocated to all other spending sectors.
Combining up-to-the-minute testimony from a range of insiders and luminaries with impeccable historical research, Eugene Jarecki's insightful film follows the personal stories of a group of characters in America's military family. They are its soldiers and its victims, its dreamers and its disillusioned.
This screening will be followed by an interview with director, Eugene Jarecki.
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Winner- American Documentary Grand Jury Prize, Sundance 2005