Dirty Wars has been selected as one of five nominees for best documentary by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The film follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill as he uncovers America’s covert wars on battlefields in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. Scahill, author of Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield (read an excerpt), spoke with Bill Moyers in 2009 about what he described as the “dangerous US foreign policies” President Obama adopted from the Bush administration — themes explored in the film. See the trailer for Dirty Wars as well as two clips Scahill and his team made available to billmoyers.com.
Dirty Wars: Jeremy Scahill in Yemen. Scahill reports on a Tomahawk cruise missile strike in the rural Bedouin village of Al-Majalah in Shabwa Province, Yemen. In all, more than 40 people were killed, including 14 women and 21 children (clip courtesy of Dirty Wars). Warning: Some images may be disturbing to some viewers.
Dirty Wars: Jeremy Scahill in Somalia. In Mogadishu, Scahill speaks to Yusuf Mohamed Siad, known as Indha Adde (“white eyes”), a general in the Somali National Army and previously the Somali Minister of Defense and a member of the Islamic Courts Union. He has worked with both al Qaeda-affiliated groups and the US government (clip courtesy of Dirty Wars).
Dirty Wars Trailer (courtesy of Dirty Wars)