On Tuesday, November 12 at 7 PM, RCTV will host the premiere of the documentary Dirty Wars. Dirty Wars, written and produced by award-winning journalist Jeremy Scahill and filmed by veteran filmmaker Richard Rowley won the Best Cinematography award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Following the screening of this film at the Cinema Theater, located at 957 Clinton Avenue South, Filmmaker Richard Rowley will join us via Skype for a discussion of the film.
Dirty Wars is a guerrilla-style, on-the-ground, in-the-trenches investigation of U.S. covert operations Scahill discovered while he was reporting from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen, and the former Yugoslavia. During his investigations, it became clear that clandestine operations were taking place of which U.S. citizens were unaware, including drone strikes, night raids, and U.S. government–condoned torture in corners across the globe, generating unprecedented civilian casualties.
In this documentary, Schahill and Rowley trace the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, the most secret fighting force in U.S. history, exposing operations carried out by men who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress.
In an interview for Filmmaker Magazine, Richard Rowley talks about shooting the film, “…the only way [shooting] was actually possible, for reasons of security, was for there to be a two-person crew, which meant me and Jeremy everywhere. No sound men, and only small cameras that didn’t attract too much attention.”
He went on to explain, “…for a film and a subject matter like this, we had to remain absolutely, passionately dedicated to the factual, the true, the real, the concrete, and things we could prove beyond the shadow of a doubt. For instance, in Afghanistan, we actually investigated several night raids. We traveled all over, and we would chase after night raids wherever we could. You see some of that in the film, but we only focus on one night raid because it happens to be the one where we found absolute proof of what happened.”
Please join us on November 12 at 7 PM for this important film, brought to you by RCTV in association with Metro Justice, Rochester Indy Media and Rochester Against War. General admission tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance at RCTV located at 21 Gorham Street in Rochester, or at the theater after 6 PM on the evening of the film, pending availability of tickets.