[DEBATE] : [Fwd: Watch Big Noise Reports from Iraq - Deserting US Soldiers - and more]
Peter van Heusden
pvh at wfeet.za.net
Mon Sep 10 20:49:30 BST 2007
Some great stuff from Big Noise on YouTube.
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From: noise at bignoisefilms.org
It has been a long time since we've emailed a lot of you - if you
don't want news from us, just hit us back and we'll take you off this
We are just back from Iraq, where we spent a month and a half criss-
crossing the country, embedded with the major militias. Our first
report from Iraq just went online, and we will be on Democracy Now
tomorrow to talk about it. It was shot in the refugee camps on the
edge of Baghdad and with America's militia allies among the date
palms of Taji:
THE GHOST OF ANBAR
The US military's progress report on Iraq is in and it's mostly bad
news. But there is one unexpected success story: in the heartland of
the Sunni Insurgency, a group of tribes has joined with the Americans
to fight Al Qaeda. The Americans report that attacks on US forces
have dropped dramatically and claim that life is beginning to return
to normal. The leader and symbol of this movement that the Americans
claim is rapidly securing Anbar province is a sheik named Sattar Abu
But is Abu Risha all he claims to be?
With the support of the Pulitzer Foundation, Richard Rowley and David
Enders set off to find out - and to see who is paying the price.
(if you like it, post a comment - let them know they need to support
this kind of radical investigative work)
A director's cut of the piece is also part of our new compilation DVD
- Big Noise Dispatches Vol. 2 (available at www.bignoisefilms.org)
Our new film - Deserter - a political road-movie following a
deserting soldier and his young wife as they flee across the country
to seek refugee status over the Canadian border - has just been
accepted in IDFA - the largest documentary film festival in the world.
We'll be touring with it after it makes the rounds at festivals, so
if you're interested in hosting a screening in the Spring, hit us back.
Check our website out for a couple of new DVDs including pieces from
- The Jena 6 trial in Louisiana, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, the War in
Lebanon, the rise of Poor People's movements in the US, the Other
Campaign in Mexico. . .
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