Filmmakers Garrett Scott and Ian Olds, embedded with the 82nd Airborne at Fallujah in the winter of 2004, offer a damning chronicle of failure and chaos. The soldiers seem like aliens, utterly unable to communicate with the Iraqis. Many enlisted because they didn't have many other options, and an officer encourages them to reenlist by suggesting they'll fail at life outside the army. Most stunning are moments when gunfire suddenly erupts or an explosion goes off ahead of the soldiers—incidents that seem like a response to the way they've harassed the citizens. The closing titles explain that the marines who replaced the 82nd were withdrawn in May—and in November the U.S. nearly destroyed the city. Not recommended for those who don't like hearing the word fuck. In English and subtitled Arabic. 78 min.
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