Film Documentaries

Attack of the Drones

This documentary shows the U.S. Government’s growing reliance on aerial drones to pursue its war on al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Yemen, Afghanistan, and elsewhere is proving controversial—as evidenced by the international reaction to recent drone missile attacks along the border with Pakistan.

The Day After Peace

The documenetary by filmmaker and actor James Gilley charts his extraordinary 10-year journey to establish Peace Day on 21 September, and shows how the Day is being used around the world to save lives. The film’s breathtaking conclusion finds Jeremy joined by Jude Law in Afghanistan, attempting to spearhead a massive vaccination against polio on Peace Day.

The official website: Peace One Day

Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers

This is a story of what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war. Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so.

Description from the official website: Iraq for Sale

Rethink Afghanistan

A 2009 documentary about the ongoing war in Afghanistan featuring experts from Afghanistan, the U.S., and Russia among others discussing critical issues like military escalation, how escalation will affect Pakistan and the surrounding region, the cost of war, civilian casualties, and the rights of Afghan women. The documentary advocates an alternative vision to the current U.S. policy on Afghanistan.

The video above is only Part 1 of 6 of the Rethink Afghanistan documentary. To watch all six parts visit the official website: Rethink Afghanistan

Buying The War

Description from the official website: How did the mainstream press get it so wrong? How did the evidence disputing the existence of weapons of mass destruction and the link between Saddam Hussein to 9-11 continue to go largely unreported? “What the conservative media did was easy to fathom; they had been cheerleaders for the White House from the beginning and were simply continuing to rally the public behind the President — no questions asked. How mainstream journalists suspended skepticism and scrutiny remains an issue of significance that the media has not satisfactorily explored,” says Moyers. “How the administration marketed the war to the American people has been well covered, but critical questions remain: How and why did the press buy it, and what does it say about the role of journalists in helping the public sort out fact from propaganda?”

PBS does not support embedding videos on external websites. To watch the documentary visit the official website: Buying the War

The Secret History Of 9/11

To mark the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, this documentary looks back to the first attack on the World Trade Centre in 1993, the long secret war that was waged against al-Qaeda from the White House, the CIA and the FBI and also examines the key intelligence failures that allowed the 9/11 plot to happen.

Interviews include Richard Clarke (Chief of Counter-terrorism at the White House), Michael Scheuer (the head of the CIA Bin Laden Unit), and Gary Schroen (the CIA field agent who was trying to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden through the 1990s). Near the end the film reveals a stunning allegations by Richard Clarke about how the White House arrive at the decision to launch the war with Iraq in the wake of the 9/11.

Why We Fight

Inspired by Dwight Eisenhower’s legendary farewell speech (in which he coined the phrase ‘military industrial complex’), filmmaker Jarecki surveys the scorched landscape of a half-century’s military adventures, asking how and telling why a nation of, by, and for the people, has become the savings-and-loan of a system whose survival depends on a state of constant war. “Why We Fight” moves beyond the headlines of various American military operations to the deeper questions of why, why does America fight? What are the forces; political, economic, and ideological, that drive them to fight against an ever-changing enemy?

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