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Un-Embedded film on Afghanistan "Taliban Country"

Date:
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Time:
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Event Type:
Screening
Organizer/Author:
ANSWER Coalition
Location Details:
ATA (Artists' Television Access)
992 Valencia St. at 21st
near 24th St. BART

ANSWER Film Series “Taliban Country”

With a report and discussion on the history of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and the continuing occupation

For three weeks, journalist Carmela Baranowska was embedded with eight hundred US Marines. Filmed in one of the most remote parts of Afghanistan, where no UN or aid agencies are present. The US Marines claim that they are “hunting Taliban and Al-Qaida”. They work alongside local warlord and governor Jan Mohammad whose brutal militia controls the area from where 80% of the heroin reaching Europe originates.
The filmmaker decides to travel back to Oruzgon Province independently of the US Marines and Afghan militia. She is the only independent witness to document US operational areas in Afghanistan in 2004.
What she found is that the US Marines act with impunity. They are conducting cordon and search operations designed to humiliate and terrorize the local
community into compliance.
This is a rare and damning insight into what US forces are doing in that other “war on terror.” Away from the eyes of the media, humiliation and brutalization tactics similar to those of used at Abu Ghraib are practiced here with impunity. This documentary is a unique and unprecedented look at the sharp edge of the war on terror in one of the most remote and inaccessible places on earth.
45min. 2004. $5 donation
Added to the calendar on Mon, Mar 20, 2006 2:42PM
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