Wag The Dog (1997)
Nominated for 2 Academy Awards, this film starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro was written by Helen Henkin and David Mamet, and co-starred Anne Heche, Dennis Leary and William Macy. A fake war during the Presidential campaign of the US is used as a scheme by Hoffman, and while the war is supposedly with Albania, it is clear the actual war is Desert Storm.
Hidden Wars of Desert Storm (2001)
Written and directed by Audry Brohy and Gerard Ungerman, this documentary stars Ramsey Clark, John Hurt and Scott Ritter, about all the secrecy and controversy behind the condition and situations generating the current USA involvement in the Middle East.
The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror (2005)
Written and directed by Brohy and Ungerman, and starring Edward Asner and Mike Ruppert, this documentary delves deeply into the greed re-energizing the Middle East war, and our part as Americans as well as Iranians and the Iraquis.
I Know I’m Not Alone (2005)
Activist Michael Franti’s documentary on his peace mission in the Middle East directs this film starring himself. Purely a documentary as compared to a film/docudrama, this slant on the condition in Afghanistan explains his opinion of the truth behind the lines.
Hurt Locker (2008)
Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, this film starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty gleaned high profile attention as a movie directed by a female artist, Kathryn Bigelow which was very unusual at the time. Writer Mark Boal reveals the highly dangerous job of “bomb placement outfits” during the Iraqui conflict.
Just coming out this week is author and co-director Sebastian Junger’s docudrama, involving a journalist experiencing the lives of soldiers on a remote outpost in Afghanistan over one year’s time through his questions and observations.