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Documentaries/Films

Documentaries and films about counter-militarism.

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Arlington West Arlington Westhot!Tooltip 02/21/2007 Hits: 5790
Arlington West CoverThis is a must see film that will move most people to tears, whether they are peace activists, people who may have supported the war in Iraq or people who have been undecided. It features 105 interviews, mostly with young soldiers who have been to Iraq, who talk about their experiences there. – 74 minutes -   Order from AMAZON

Before You Enlist Before You Enlist Tooltip 02/21/2007 Hits: 3843
Before You Enlist Cover“Before You Enlist!” provides a rational voice to counter the seductive and often deceptive recruiting practices of the U.S. military. The message is not “don’t enlist” but rather to provide young people and their families a more complete picture of the life-altering consequences of joining the military – especially in wartime.  14 minutes

Body of War Body of Warhot!Tooltip 03/06/2008 Hits: 4152
Body of War CoverBody of War, directed by Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue, is a 2007 documentary following Tomas Young, an Iraq War veteran paralyzed from a bullet to the spine, on a physical and emotional journey as he adapts to his new body and begins to question the decision to go to war in Iraq. - Order From AMAZON

Purple Hearts CoverPhoto-journalist Nina Berman had the urge to find the wounded returned vets she was reading about in the newspaper, but not seeing pictures of. She discovered that her mental picture of a wounded soldier was one of a soldier being helped off the field by other soldiers, or being accompanied and tended to by a dr. or nurse -- leading to the feeling that the soldier was going to be all right, everything was OK.

What she found instead were acutely lonely men & women fighting the VA for benefits. She interviewed them and recorded the interviews as well as photographing them, and made a 10-minute dvd out of this material, featuring 6 of the 20 vets in the book.

Slide Show on Purple Hearts Project / NY Times

Military Myths Military Mythshot!Tooltip 02/21/2007 Hits: 5285
Military Myths CoverA short video that focuses on youth of color and the racial/economic profiling politics behind recruitment. “‘Military Myths’ takes a critical look at the military’s promises of travel, money for education and job training. It considers how media representations of war and military life compare to the reality of war told by veterans who have actually been there. In addition, interviews with activists and students are presented along with statistics from the Veterans Administration, CCCO, SLDN, and recent Pentagon studies that lay clear the myths of military life.”  28 minutes
Reveille! Reveille! Reveille! Reveille! hot!Tooltip 02/21/2007 Hits: 4358
Reveille! Reveille! CoverReveille! Reveille! chronicles the Iraq Veterans Against the War in their earliest attempts to prevent further atrocities and regain their humanity.  These films follow this generation of veterans from their initial gathering to their stand at the gates of the White House, which resulted in the largest mass arrest by U.S. Park Police since the Vietnam War. Reveille! Reveille! is an eye-opening experience for anyone who has questions about the war.

Sir No Sir! Sir No Sir! Tooltip 02/21/2007 Hits: 3743
Sir No Sir CoverThe film does four things: 1) Brings to life the history of the GI movement through the stories of those who were part of it; 2) Reveals the explosion of defiance that the movement gave birth to with never-before-seen archival material; 3) Explores the profound impact that movement had on the military and the war itself; and 4) The feature, 90 minute version, also tells the story of how and why the GI Movement has been erased from the public memory. -   Order from AMAZON

Soldiers Speak Out Soldiers Speak Out hot!Tooltip 02/21/2007 Hits: 6993
Soldiers Speak Out CoverSoldiers Speak Out is a powerful, first-hand testament to the reality of the military experience told entirely in the words of American veterans who have been to war and are now opposing it. We hear how they came to join the military, about their experiences in training and in war, and what led to the turning point when they decided they could no longer, in good conscience, participate in the war or keep silent. This half-hour documentary sheds light on the growing and courageous anti-war and anti-occupation movement within the military and their families, and serves as a counter-recruitment and organizing tool for activists, schools and organizations. It provides a sober view of the war in Iraq and an important counterpoint to the 'stay-the-course' rhetoric of the Bush administration.

The Ground Truth The Ground Truth Tooltip 02/21/2007 Hits: 3811
The Ground Truth CoverThe filmmaker’s subjects are patriotic young Americans - ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq - as they experience recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities.  -  Order from AMAZON

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