FILM: Redacted

Discussion in 'Art & Culture' started by lucifers angel, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. lucifers angel same shit, differant day!! Registered Senior Member

    I dont know if anyone else has seen this film, or even if its in the right forum.

    The film is called Redacted and its about American soldiers ad the attrocities of what they did while they were there, (granted not all of them, but a few bad apples spoil the wine)


    Redacted is a film written and directed by Brian De Palma that premiered at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, where it earned a Silver Lion "best director" award.[2]. The film was shot in Jordan.[3]

    It is a drama based on the Mahmudiyah killings, the gang-rape, murder, and burning of Abeer Qasim Hamza al-Janabi, a 14-year-old Iraqi girl in March 2006 by U.S. soldiers who also killed her parents and younger sister.[4][5]

    In addition to appearing at the Venice Film Festival, the film was also shown at the Toronto Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. The film opened in Spain and opened in limited release in the United States on November 16, 2007. It is scheduled to open in the United Kingdom on March 21, 2008.[6] So far, the film has received mixed reviews.[7] Over its limited release opening weekend it grossed $25,628 from 15 theaters in the United States and $71,968 from Spanish theaters.[8]



    Francois Caillaud — McCoy's buddy in bar
    Patrick Carroll — Reno Flake
    Rob Devaney — Lawyer McCoy
    Izzy Diaz — Angel Salazar
    Mike Figueroa — Sgt. Vazques
    Ty Jones — Msgt. Jim Sweet
    Paul O'Brien — Barton's Father
    Kel O'Neill — Gabe Blix
    Abigail Savage — Ranting Teen
    Daniel Stewart Sherman — Specialist B.B. Rush


    Focusing on a squad of American soldiers in Samarra, the film employs a number of conflicting styles and alternative points of view, juxtaposing the experiences of the soldiers running a checkpoint with those of the media sent to cover events, and the local Iraqis who find themselves caught in the middle of a civil war. Each group is affected by the conflict in different ways, and the film interprets their experiences through different filters.

    Competing sets of images fill the screen: an American private who wants to get into film school in California after the war is making a video diary; a French film crew is shooting a formal documentary entitled Barrage about the same soldiers; Arabic websites post footage of insurgents planting explosive devices; surveillance cameras at US Army bases provide even more imagery; wives send messages to their husbands via blogs; and, when things go really wrong, YouTube hosts confessions from soldiers who witnessed barbarity. It all feels rather overwhelming – disconnected and surreal. But everything leads toward a horrendous incident involving a young Iraqi girl that will affect soldiers and families on both sides of the conflict.

    De Palma has set himself an ambitious goal. He wants us to radically reconsider the imagery through which we encounter events in our world, and how the presentation and composition of these various visual registers influences our ideas and beliefs. And, not to be forgotten, amid all this mediated imagery lies the horrifying reality of the Iraq occupation. This is a brave film, as full of contradiction and conflict as the war itself. Never one to shy away from controversy, De Palma has crafted yet another film that is certain to stir considerable debate.


    I saw this film just last night, and they were actual facts from Iraq, and how is it that these "soldiers" the men who are to protect people can actually, cause harm and grief?


    They were allowed to get away with Murder, Rape, and many other things. the film was sad, and in parts really really really really upseting.


    It just seems to me that the british soldiers/army are much better disciplined and they at least have respect for people. They would not have the oppurtunities to do what the american soliders were able to do. The americansoldiers weer living in dirt and squaler. And they were happy to do so aswell. And it was actually like that, according to director Brian De palmer..


    and according to some people they will not even allow the film to be shown in America, why not? are the americans that affriad to face the truth?

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