Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Documentary: "No End In Sight"

Check out the trailor for the new documentary, "No End In Sight."

"The first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq’s descent into guerilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy, NO END IN SIGHT is a jaw-dropping, insider’s tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness and venality. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by high ranking officials such as former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Ambassador Barbara Bodine (in charge of Baghdad during the Spring of 2003), Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, and General Jay Garner (in charge of the occupation of Iraq through May 2003) as well as Iraqi civilians, American soldiers, and prominent analysts... NO END SIGHT alternates between U.S. policy decisions and Iraqi consequences, systematically dissecting the Bush Administration’s decisions.  The consequences of those decisions now include 3,000 American deaths and 20,000 American wounded, Iraq on the brink of civil war, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilian deaths, the strengthening of Iran, the weakening of the U.S. military, and economic costs of over $2 trillion. It marks the first time Americans will be allowed inside the White House, Pentagon, and Baghdad’s Green Zone to understand for themselves what has become the disintegration of Iraq."

Official Website of "No End In Sight"


  1. OnPoint spends an hour talking with the director, Charles Ferguson.

  2. cool. makes it look even more interesting... I guess the question is this: do these movies help us move closer to ending this war, or are they an exercise in confirming what we already know? And, does it matter?

  3. Here's another: War Made Easy

    And some thoughts on it: The Film That Could End the War

    An answer to your question: I would say yes. And that they do matter. I agree with these films acting as an organizing tool, a call to action, as a rallying cry.

    Now perhaps I'm giving too much credit to 2 hours of documentary, but a well-executed, informative and moving piece of film not only helps keep the facts connected in a more easily understood way, it helps keep the dialogue going. It helps that feeling, that yes, we are talking about these huge issues and yes we are moving toward understanding the context in which these complex cases exist.

    Combined with other forms of media, as we citizens try to stay as informed as possible in such a cluttered, confusing market place of corporate messaging, these kinds of films do, a lot of times, supplement what we already know, but also bring together the fragments in a way that can make the most sense, galvanizing our own thinking as we seek to understand issues more deeply. And with that understanding we can be more comfortable discussing such issues, coming from a knowledge base when things seem extremely overwhelming.

    Keep people thinking, involved & talking. And keep people united. I definitely see these films playing a crucial role in these aims.

    With citizens thinking & involved, talking & united on the War in Iraq, we can keep working towards ending it. And in the times when being for peace instead of war in the build-up to the invasion was so unpopular, it's nice to be reassured that other people are sharing your thoughts.