Occupation: Dreamland (2005)
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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.
It offers a look at the kind of Americans not often put on movie screens.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Occupation: Dreamland
6/30/16 Sundance Doc Club Another look at how screwed up our policy to invade Iraq was. Does a pretty good job of showing the frustration our soldiers endure and the hate we generate among the populace by kicking in their doors in the middle of the night, how would we feel if that was happening in our cities. Soldiers have a duty and a mission given to them by politicians and they do a great job doing that mission. Politicians should be required to see movies like this before they decide to invade a country.
The documentary is fair and poignant, and doesn't rely on explosions. You feel for the people involved, even though they are far from the best sort. It has very good editing and indicates a dedicated post-production. There are a lot of elements of artistry in the film, and the parallels are exploited. This film does a good job of combining its artistic and temporal aspects. It doesn't say much that isn't known, however. I still recommend it, though, if you have some spare time.
Occupation: Dreamland (2005: dir. Ian Olds, Garret Scott): 6/10 [img]http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a120/bosox5429/Directors/Garrett%20Scott/2005occupationdreamland.jpg[/img] *1 Ian Olds Film Seen* *1 Garrett Scott Film Seen*
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