November 14, 2007
Panel: Bringing the War Home
Just five years into the so-called war on terror, a number of remarkable documentaries have already come along to address its myriad consequences: Iraq in Fragments, Gunner Palace, Occupation: Dreamland, My Country, My Country, When I Came Home, The Blood of My Brother, The War Tapes – and, of course, the one that started it all, Fahrenheit 9/11.
In this year’s festival, three new documentaries provide fresh insight – from some truly alternative perspectives – into the U.S.– Middle East conflict: Alex Gibney’s Taxi to the Dark Side, Gary Weimberg and Catherine Ryan’s Soldiers of Conscience, and Nina Davenport’s Operation Filmmaker.
This panel discussion, moderated by film critic Robert Denerstein featured a diverse group of experts providing varied perspectives on Iraq, the films that have been made about it, and the emotional toll the increasingly unpopular war is exacting on all of us. Joining Denerstein were filmmakers Weimberg, Ryan, and Davenport, as well as Iraq War veteran Spc. Russell Peterson and Iraq native, retired pychatrist, and Middle East consulant Dr. David Kazzaz.