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.
"He made a film that linked the grief of a New York policeman with the experience of pilots sent out to drop the first bombs on Baghdad. You could watch the film and appreciate the spirit of the end of the American Century, without dismissing the idea that the world in which America now extended its power had become dangerous in less than predictable ways. Why We Fight was shown in many places, including West Point Military Academy, where it became compulsory viewing for those about to become members of America’s military elite." Say What Happened by Nick Fraser (Faber & Faber)
Part of Say What Happened - Nick Fraser selects, a series of films curated by former Storyville editor and BAFTA award winner to coincide with the launch of his new book.
Winner- American Documentary Grand Jury Prize, Sundance 2005