DVD: Iraq for Sale - War Profiteers
This film is the story of what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war. The film was created with the intention of grassroots distribution as the main way it would reach audiences – through home showings, small neighborhood and community public screenings, in towns and cities across the country. This unique grassroots method of distribution has worked very effectively in sidestepping the mainstream Hollywood theatrical distribution system. This small-scale way to get films seen relies entirely on your participation, energy and enthusiasm. Buy the film, view it, organize a showing. Put out a press release announcing the showing and/or email people to invite to the free showing. Put up fliers, arrange for a room to show it. Take the opportunity to help people see and hear the facts in this film which they won't find on any of their televison channels. Maybe you could even start up a monthly free film series. There are many excellent films on DVD available from us and other sources, to put together a great film series of your own.
Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: The High Price of Low Cost, Outfoxed, Uncovered, Unconstiutional) takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq For Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so.
Brave New Films (the production company) are both funded and distributed completely outside corporate America. Over 3,000 people donated to make Iraq For Sale, and it is up to you to distribute it.
"Regardless of the war, the administration or the various sophistries for expending human lives as a matter of government policy, profiteering from it universally offends all citizens, whether they are Republicans, Democrats, Independents, other parties or no-shows." – Charles Lewis, founder, Center for Public Integrity
Here is what reviewers are saying . . .
• L.A. Daily News: Iraq For Sale is one Greenwald film with an agenda that maybe everybody can get behind. Conservatives seeing it can seethe at the atrocious waste of taxpayer dollars. Liberals can decry the unprecedented depth and breadth of privatization in Iraq."
• TV Guide: "Carefully researched and crucial to fully understanding the Iraq/American enterprise/"
• Huffington Post, Jeff Kaufman: "I was truly impressed by how emotionally and poliically powerful (Iraq For Sale) is. The audience cheered at the end, and for good reason: this is an important film. It's also one of the most truly patriotic movies I've seen in a long time."
• Village Voice: "Both a trenchant indictment of war profiteering in Iraq and a memorial for those not included in the military's death toll, Iraq For Sale is a work of intense disillusionment; the wounds are fresh and the testimony of civilian contractors and their bereaved family members is appropriately raw."
• Tapped, Tom Schaller: "It is a great film about a rather sore, sordid subject that President Bush (shown giving a pathetic, mocking answer to a quesioner who dared ask about accountability for private contractors), former Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld and other neocons would rather not discuss, ever. Which is why people should buy the DVD and watch it, with friends."
• Americablog: "I was blown away. It is a riveting, powerful production that should be at the top of everyone's list to see, and then buy for everyone you know... Iraq For Sale explains difficut and emotional issues in a measured way that will resonate with people regardless of their background knowledge or political beliefs."