Jeremy Scahill at the Dallas International Film Festival
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      Film still from Dirty Wars

Be sure to check out the hard-hitting documentary Dirty Wars at the Dallas International Film Festival. Screenings are on April 6 at the Angelika Film Center and April 8 at The Magnolia Landmark Theater. Jeremy Scahill will be in attendance. 

Sundance Selects / IFC Films bought the North American rights for a major theatrical release this summer of Nation Books author Jeremy Scahill's new documentary, Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield, directed by Richard Rowley. Scahill's eponymous book will be released by Nation Books this April. Pre-order your copy today. 

The film is co-written and narrated by Scahill, who is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and the author of the George Polk Book Award-winning Blackwater. The Huffington Post says, "Jeremy Scahill's documentary Dirty Wars is a game-changing, mind-blowing film on par with Charles Ferguson's great Inside Job which deconstructed the financial meltdown of 2008."

Dirty Wars follows Scahill into the heart of America's covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond. What begins as an investigation into a US night raid gone terribly wrong in a remote corner of Afghanistan quickly transforms into a high-stakes global investigation into one of the most secretive and powerful military units in American history. With a strong cinematic style, the film unfolds like an action movie wrapped around a complex detective story. As Scahill digs deeper into the activities of the most secret and elite fighting force in US history, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), he is forced to confront painful truths about the consequences of a war without end that extends through Republican and Democratic administrations. 

Since its premiere at the Sundance Film festival in January — where it won the Cinematography Award for U.S. Documentary — Dirty Wars has received rave reviews by the industry press. MovieLine calls it "[A] gripping film, which will surely spark debate." A Variety article quoted Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects / IFC films, as saying, "Our entire team was blown away by 'Dirty Wars,' Richard Rowley's tough-minded, gripping film that plays out like a detective story. Jeremy Scahill's investigation into the war on terror being waged around the world is a vital, disturbing and incredibly humane story that will have people on both sides of the political spectrum talking."

In addition, the Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Its ugly truths may have seen plenty of sunshine (and even admiration) since the killing of Osama bin Laden, but the film's narrative drive offers a compelling package for viewers numbed by one news report after another about civilian deaths and secret hit lists. Its tough investigative tone and surprisingly stylish photography enhance cinematic appeal for a doc that merits theatrical exposure."

Scahill and Rowley were interviewed by Amy Goodman at Democracy Now! In the interview, Rowley said,

We're flooded with details about one raid, the [raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden] on May 2nd, 2011. We know everything about it. We know how many SEALs were in the helicopters. We know what kind of helicopters they were. We know what kind of rifles they were carrying. We know that they had a dog with them that was a Belgian Malinois named Cairo. We know everything about this raid. But that same year, there were 30,000 other night raids in Afghanistan. So, we know everything about this, but those — those are all hidden from us.

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Start: April 6, 2013 at 2:30 PM0
End: April 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM1
Where: 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane
Angelika Film Center Dallas
Dallas, TX 75206
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