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Occupation: Dreamland
Date Friday August 12
Time 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Details
Roxie Cinema
3117 16th Street at Valencia
Event Type Screening
Organizer/AuthorGarrett Scott
“...the invaluable Occupation: Dreamland ... an eerie portrait of a city quietly about to explode and an unnervingly intimate look at eight young soldiers that accords their individuality due scrutiny.”
- Dennis Lim, Village Voice

"A sympathetic look at the average joe doing duty in hell."
- Jay Weisberg, Variety

“... a gut-wrenching six weeks in the life of the 82nd Airborne Division... a portrait of tension rising.”
- Chris Vognar, The Dallas Morning News


Occupation: Dreamland is an unflinchingly candid portrait of a squad of American soldiers deployed in the doomed Iraqi city of Falluja during the winter of 2004. A tense and grimly humorous study of the soldiers unfolds as they patrol an environment of low-intensity conflict creeping steadily towards catastrophe. Through the squad’s activities Occupation: Dreamland provides a vital glimpse into the last days of Falluja. The film documents the city’s waning stability before a final series of military assaults began in the spring of 2004 that effectively destroyed it.

Filmmakers Garrett Scott and Ian Olds were given access to all operations of the Army’s 82nd Airborne. They lived with the unit 24/7, giving voice to soldiers held under a strict code of authority as they cope with an ambiguous, often lethal environment. The result is a revealing, sometimes surprising look at Army life, operations and the complexity of American war in the 21st century.


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Added to the calendar on Wednesday Aug 10th, 2005 11:17 AM

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