Defining Iraq war film to launch doc festival


Hot Docs has announced that the 2007-08 Doc Soup screening series which begins on 3 October will be launched by Charles Ferguson’s critically acclaimed No End in Sight, a jaw-dropping chronicle of the incompetence, recklessness and venality that led to Iraq’s descent into guerilla war.

It has been hailed by Time Magazine as “the most important movie you are likely to see this year’ and the New York Times as a “sober, revelatory and absolutely vital film’. No End in Sight won the Special Jury Prize (Documentary) at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Based on over 200 hours of footage, No End in Sight provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by such high ranking officials as former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Ambassador Barbara Bodine (in charge of Baghdad during the Spring of 2003), Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, and General Jay Garner (in charge of the occupation of Iraq through May 2003) as well as Iraqi civilians, American soldiers, and prominent analysts.

It examines the manner in which the principal errors of US policy – the use of insufficient troop levels, allowing the looting of Baghdad, the purging of professionals from the Iraqi government, and the disbanding of the Iraqi military – largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today.

No End in Sight dissects the people, issues and facts behind the Bush Administration’s decisions and their consequences on the ground to provide a powerful look into how arrogance and ignorance turned a military victory into a seemingly endless and deepening nightmare of a war.


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