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Human Cost of War: Michael Franti: I Know I'm Not Alone (2005)

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Musician and political activist Michael Franti journeys to the Middle East to learn about the human costs of political occupation in this documentary. Franti, who has recorded with the groups Spearhead and the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, took a small camera crew to Iraq with the goal of finding out "what it's like to live under foreign military rule," and with his guitar in hand Franti interacts with Iraqi civilians, chatting with people on the street, speaking with folks in their homes, and joining in for performances with local musicians as he interviews them about the differences between life before and after the American invasion of their nation. Franti also visits American forces stationed in Iraq, wanting to know how the war and occupation has impacted their lives. Later Franti journeys to Israel, speaking to ordinary people and military figures as well as Palestinians in search of similar insights on this long simmering conflict. I Know I'm Not Alone was Franti's debut as a film director.

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Critic Reviews for Human Cost of War: Michael Franti: I Know I'm Not Alone

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

[Franti's] unreflective, narcissistic humanitarianism is straight out of an old SCTV skit.

July 13, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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Though Franti covers little ground in Israel that has not already been well mined by countless documentarians, the context of Iraq and how American forces will be perceived for the indefinite future, puts an entirely new perspective on the situation.

Full Review… | July 13, 2006
Variety
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a testament to the healing power of music

December 18, 2007
Manhattan Movie Magazine

Michael Franti, musical messenger in war.

Full Review… | April 22, 2007
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When musician/activist Michael Franti heads to Iraq, Israel, and Palestine, the vision of shared humanity kicks political rhetoric's ass. Simply and frankly amazing.

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