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Why We Fightby Eugene Jarecki
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Grand Jury Prize winner at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, Why We Fight is an unflinching look at the anatomy of American war-making. Granted unparalleled Pentagon access, the film launches a nonpartisan inquiry into the forces "political, economic, and ideological" that drive America to fight.
Inspired by President Dwight Eisenhower's 1961 Farewell Address in which he warned Americans about the dangers of the "military-industrial complex," filmmaker Jarecki (The Trials of Henry Kissinger) weaves unforgettable stories of everyday Americans touched by war with commentary by a "who's who" of military and Washington insiders.
Featuring John McCain, Gore Vidal, Richard Perle and others, Why We Fight explores a half-century of U.S. foreign policy from World War II to the Iraq War, revealing how, as Eisenhower warned, political and corporate interests have become alarmingly entangled in the business of war. On a deeper level, what emerges is a portrait of a nation in transition drifting dangerously far from her founding principles toward a more imperial and uncertain future.
"A dense and absorbing critique of American militarism." A.O. Scott, New York Times
"I defy anyone not to be staggered by it." Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Jarecki's film forcefully argues that the much abused word freedom cannot paper over the conflicts between capitalism and democracy." Village Voice
"Jarecki's well-argued, if demoralizing, documentary is a thoughtful discussion of current U.S. foreign policy and lessons not learned." Los Angeles Times
Extra Scenes (Extended scenes/interviews from the film)
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Talking About "Why We Fight"- Audience Q&A
TV Appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Charlie Rose
Director and Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, U.S.Army, Audio Commentary
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