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Brian De Palma’s comment on present-day television journalism and internet media. How politicians and media in times of war always apply censorship in reporting unwelcome and damaging facts.With staged archive material this renowned filmmaker reconstructs a day in March 2006 in the town of Mahmudiyah, Iraq. After responding to a roadside bomb attack, American soldiers rape a fourteen-year-old Iraqi schoolgirl, and kill her parents and sister. This leads to groundbreaking trials against the soldiers involved. The film ends in the middle of an official investigation. In reality, five soldiers involved in the rape and murder were charged. Three were sentenced to prison terms of 90 to 110 years. The filmmaker describes the gruesome story via supposedly documentary archive material that has been staged. He draws on the video diary of one of the soldiers,documentaries, American and Islamist fundamentalist websites, reports and images from security cameras. The film shows that in today’s wars, modern communication techniques make more uncensored video material available than is accounted for in reality. The film spurred much controversy, including a website - - accusing De Palma of high treason. At the 2007 Venice FilmFestival, it won a Silver Lion Best Director award.


United States, Canada 2007, 90 min.


Spoken language: English, Arabic, French, German

Official website:


HDNet Film

Dutch distribution:

Paradiso Filmed Entertainment

+31 206159222

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Human rights
crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide
journalism, media & propaganda
military, armies
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