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Dirty Wars

Not Rated In Theaters 06/7/2013 , 87min.
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February 27, 2014
Americans needs to pay more attention to what their government is doing in their name. Dirty Wars is a wake up call.

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The reporter's story doesn't just hold water, it proven solid enough to provoke mainstream media appearances and Congressional investigations. As a result, even though the tale is urgently important, one still comes away with the sense that something valuable has been lost in the telling. Full Review
Ben Kenigsberg
The A.V. Club
As a polemic, Dirty Wars is provocative and productively depressing, raising doubts about the effectiveness of military missions that have the potential to create ideological enemies, as well as the degree to which elected officials can—or are willing to—place checks on secret ops. (Obama gets no more points than Bush in any of the matters discussed.) Full Review
Ella Taylor
Scahill is right to focus on the price American security efforts have cost in human rights — and human life. Yet there are difficult questions hovering just outside the frame of Dirty Wars. Short of pacifism, and given that there is no such thing as a truly clean war, what would count as an "acceptable" level of collateral damage? Full Review
Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
Dirty Wars is essential viewing for anyone who wants to know how we wage war right now; it's also a chilling prologue for what's likely a global future of endless war and blowback. Full Review
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
These wars being fought in our name may be dirty, but this courageous film reminds us that as long as we have a free press, they don’t have to be secret. Full Review

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