Other than the fact that the digital video aspect of this looked terrible and the filmmaker’s narration was pretty annoying, this movie is well worth seeing. It is sad to me that a good documentary like this will not be seen by as many people as it should be. Network television doesn’t have the courage to broadcast this kind of film. Hell, they even get in trouble for trying to show Saving Private Ryan .
This reminded me of a recent Frontline episode that followed a unit in Iraq. But that was on PBS and was only preaching to the converted. For the most part, these soldiers are not partisan in their beliefs. They are there to survive and to try to make sense of what they are doing. They are young, naive, courageous, smart. They are fascinating to listen to as they expound on why they joined the military, joke about the crappy protective armor they are given (“The shrapnel will stay inside of you instead of going through you”), and show off their rapping skills.
So why isn’t this going to be seen by more people? This kind of film needs to get The Day After treatment. It should be an event. Millions of Americans should sit down one evening and watch it on one of the major networks (Fox?) and then discuss it. Obviously, this won’t happen. For all the talk about how liberal the media is, the networks would never touch something like this. And that is sad because this film isn’t even anti-Bush, it is merely a story of soldiers.
Granted, maybe what the filmmaker left on the editing room floor would have painted a more rosy picture of the situation and thus been a completely different film. Perhaps. And maybe the filmmaker doesn’t want this seen on the networks yet because it might not mean as much money to him or boost his career in the way that a theater run would. Although what documentary filmmaker other than Michael Moore actually gets rich from his/ her films?
And speaking of Michael Moore, why was he going to be offering Fahrenheit 911 as a pay-per-view event right before the election before the plan fell through? If he really wanted to make a difference, shouldn’t he be offering it to one of the networks for free so more people could see it? Obviously, I don’t know what I’m really talking about here. I’m sure there are all sorts of legal reasons why he didn’t do that. Or could it be that he cares more about his career and his financial well-being than getting his message out to as many people as possible?
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