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   from the issue of November 10, 2005

Film offers soldiers' perspective of Iraq war

Soldiers are taking the lead at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.

On Veteran's Day (Nov. 11), the Ross will premiere "Occupation: Dreamland," a documentary that follows a squad of American soldiers deployed in the Iraq city of Fallujah in the winter of 2004.

According to Joshua Land, film critic with Village Voice, directors Garrett Scott and Ian Golds have produced "a fair-minded, hardly political, grunt's-eye view of the war in Iraq that trusts the audience to draw its own conclusions."

The film documents Falluja's waning stability before a final series of military assaults in the spring of 2004, which effectively destroyed the city.

Scott and Olds were given access to all operations of the Army's 82nd Airborne, giving voice to soldiers held under a strict code of authority as they cope in 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.

"Occupation: Dreamland" is showing at the Ross, Nov. 11 to 23. Showtimes are available online or by calling the film information line at 472-5353.



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