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Saturday, September 01, 2007



A new film about the real-life rape and killing of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by U.S. soldiers who also murdered her family stunned the Venice festival, with shocking images that left some viewers in tears.

"Redacted", by U.S. director Brian De Palma, is one of at least eight American films on the war in Iraq due for release in the next few months and the first of two movies on the conflict screening in Venice's main competition.

Inspired by one of the most serious crimes committed by American soldiers in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, it is a harrowing indictment of the conflict and spares the audience no brutality to get its message across.

De Palma, 66, whose "Casualties of War" in 1989 told a similar tale of abuse by American soldiers in Vietnam, makes no secret of the goal he is hoping to achieve with the film's images, all based on real material he found on the Internet.

"The movie is an attempt to bring the reality of what is happening in Iraq to the American people," he told reporters after a press screening.

"The pictures are what will stop the war. One only hopes that these images will get the public incensed enough to motivate their Congressmen to vote against this war," he said.

Abeer Qasim Hamza al-Janabi was gang raped, killed and burnt by American soldiers in Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad, in March 2006. Her parents and younger daughter were also killed.

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Blogger Mary Ellen said...

It's true that Bush doesn't want Americans to see the reality of the war. The really sad thing is that he also doesn't want the military to see the reality of what Americans think of the war, or that we are trying to get them home. The Pentagon just blocked out Think Progress from the computers in Baghdad and they also have kept Air America off their airwaves. I'm not sure if they still are or not. They do allow Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity on the airwaves in Iraq.

Our soldiers are fighting for freedom and democracy for Iraqi's and they are being denied that same freedom from their own government. It's sick.

The smear campaign has already started on this movie, I read some of the crap on right wing blogs.

title="comment permalink">September 01, 2007 9:25 PM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Oooops, I forgot! John, those awards look mighty puurrrrty on your sidebar. Congrats on the trifecta!You deserve every one of them!

title="comment permalink">September 01, 2007 9:27 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Mary Ellen - I hope the exposure continues. . .I'm certainly optimistic, and it's been a long while since I've been so.

And, thank you!I was only hoping for the humor award personally. . .

title="comment permalink">September 01, 2007 10:44 PM  
Blogger Anon-Paranoid said...

I got into a pissing contest over that very rape and murder on another blog a while back.

I'm gonna have too look and see if I still have my comment. At that time I use to save all my comments.

This one really pissed me off because the MSM was calling the 14yr old girl a young lady. I had to almost scream that she was a child only 14 and not a young women.

And the soldiers who raped and poured gas on her before lighting it should have got the death penalty and never did.

Another injustice under Der Fuhrer.

God Bless.

title="comment permalink">September 02, 2007 12:04 AM  
Blogger John Good said...

AP - Some things are very hard to read, yet very necessary. . .

title="comment permalink">September 03, 2007 6:45 PM  

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