Occupation: Dreamland

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This documentary of American soldiers in Falluja offers a revealing and complex portrait of Army life.



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'Occupation: Dreamland' is a melancholy portrait of a squad of the US Army's 82nd Airborne deployed in the doomed Iraqi city of Falluja during the winter of 2004. A collective study of the squad unfolds as they cope with an environment of low-intensity conflict and confusion creeping steadily towards catastrophe. Through the squad's activities, 'Occupation: Dreamland' provides a vital glimpse into the last days of Falluja before a final series of assaults began in the spring of 2004 that effectively destroyed the city. The result is a revealing, sometimes surprising look at Army life, operations and the complexity of American war in the 21st century.


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  • The occupation may have settled into grim, bloody drudgery. But if we're going to learn anything about the place and our involvement there, films about it can't join suit.

    Feb 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
  • It offers a look at the kind of Americans not often put on movie screens.

    Oct 15, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A compelling mosaic of voices, some discouraged, some enthusiastic, all aware that there's a job to be done and that they must do it to the best of their abilities.

    Oct 13, 2005 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Without resorting to the steroid-pumped aggro flash of Gunner Palace, Occupation: Dreamland reinforces the impression that the American rodeo in Iraq was always a murderously pointless self-security op.

    Oct 13, 2005 | Full Review…
  • I think Gunner Palace was in some sense a fairer film.

    Sep 30, 2005 | Full Review…
  • A grunt's-eye view of the current conflict that needs to be seen, regardless of a viewer's political persuasion.

    Sep 30, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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