“Dirty Wars” author Jeremy Scahill is no fan of U.S. actions in the War on Terror, but he’s an equal opportunity critic: “Most of my hate mail nowadays comes from liberals, not conservatives,” he told the New York Times recently.
Scahill, whose war reporting has resulted in the books “Blackwater” and a documentary based on “Dirty Wars,” will offer first-hand accounts of the U.S. military and its secrets during an audience Q&A after a Saturday screening of “Dirty Wars” at O Cinema Miami Shores.
Directed by Richard Rowley, “Dirty Wars” is a provocative ride through the Middle East and Africa with muck-raker Scahill as he reveals the unprecedented civilian toll of covert U.S. operations. A focal point is the ultra-secret Joint Special Operations Command, the unit that killed Osama bin Laden, but which Scahill discovers during reporting on a 2010 night assault in Gardez, Afghanistan, that killed two pregnant women.
“Dirty Wars” gives voice to survivors of night raids and drone strikes, as well as CIA agents, Special Forces operators, military generals and U.S.-backed warlords, who go on camera and on the record, some for the first time.
“As a connect-the-dots narrative, “Dirty Wars” is eye-opening, a fierce argument that there are chilling ramifications to endless, vague aggression,” said a Los Angeles Times review.
The film won a Grand Jury prize at the Boston Independent Film Festival and a cinematography award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It includes music from the Grammy-winning strings of the Kronos Quartet.
Scahill’s appearance is at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at O Cinema Miami Shores (9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores). Tickets: $10.50, $9 students/seniors (available at the door only), $7.50 members. “Dirty Wars” also will be screened Thursday-Sunday and July 4-7 at O Cinema Wynwood (90 NW 29th St., Miami). Info: 305-571-9970, O-Cinema.org.
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