“What makes Dirty Wars so important is that it viscerally conveys the effects of US militarism on these invisible victims: by letting them speak for themselves.”—Guardian (UK)
The gripping documentary Dirty Wars (like the book of the same name) follows investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill as he travels through Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia to uncover and assess the underreported impact of the US military’s covert war on terrorism and the secretive world of the powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Scahill introduces us to two parallel casts of characters: the CIA agents, Special Forces operators, and US-backed warlords who populate the dark side of American wars; and survivors of night raids and drone strikes including the family of the first American marked for death and being hunted down by his own government. Drawn into the stories and lives of the people he meets along the way, Scahill is forced to confront the painful consequences of a war spinning out of control, as well as his own role as a journalist. (90 mins., DCP)
Author Jeremy Scahill (who also wrote the best-seller Blackwater) and director Richard Rowley (Fourth World War, This Is What Democracy Looks Like) introduce the screening. Join us for a book signing with Scahill in the Wexner Center Store from 6 to 7 PM.
Copresented with Columbus Metropolitan Club.