Combustible Celluloid
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With: Jeremy Scahill, Abdul Ghafoor, Raouf Hikal, Mohammed Tahir, Mohammed Sabir, Hugh Shelton, Jerome Starkey, Sheikh Saleh Bin Fareed, Abdul Rahman Barman, Ron Wyden, Patrick Lang, Anthony Shaffer, Nasser al Aulaqi, Malcolm Nance
Written by: David Riker, Jeremy Scahill
Directed by: Rick Rowley
MPAA Rating: NR
Language: English, Pashtu, Somali, Dari, with English subtitles
Running Time: 87
Date: 06/07/2013

Dirty Wars (2013)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Kill Lists

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

An Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, Dirty Wars follows journalist Jeremy Scahill of The Nation as he investigates secret nighttime raids by American soldiers in Afghanistan. Eventually he learns that these raids, performed by the all-powerful Joint Special Operations Command, have taken place in countries not actually at war, and that several civilians have been killed. He makes one astounding discovery after another, including that an American citizen has been targeted by his own country. But no matter how quickly or efficiently a "kill list" is completed, there's always another, longer list waiting.

Scahill travels from country to country, venturing into hitherto unexplored territories to interview people about this practice, and uncovers some shocking -- one could almost say inhuman -- information and ideals. Some critics have complained about Scahill's presence on camera, doing that journalistic "nodding" thing from Broadcast News, but for me, he makes the experience more personal and less of a depressing issue movie. Richard Rowley directs.

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