Wednesday, November 20th-Tuesday, November 26th, 7:30pm The Maysles Cinema and the Center for Constitutional Rights Present: 7 Days of Dirty Wars Rick Rowley, 2013, 87 min. Dirty Wars follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, author of the international bestseller Blackwater, into the heart of America's covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond. Part political thriller and part detective story, Dirty Wars is a gripping journey into one of the most important and underreported stories of our time. What begins as a report into a U.S. night raid gone terribly wrong in a remote corner of Afghanistan quickly turns into a global investigation of the secretive and powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Drawn into the stories and lives of the people he meets along the way, Scahill is forced to confront the painful consequences of a war spinning out of control, as well as his own role as a journalist. We encounter two parallel casts of characters. The CIA agents, Special Forces operators, military generals, and U.S.-backed warlords who populate the dark side of American wars go on camera and on the record, some for the first time. We also see and hear directly from survivors of night raids and drone strikes, including the family of the first American citizen marked for death and being hunted by his own government. Dirty Wars takes viewers to remote corners of the globe to see first-hand wars fought in their name and offers a behind-the-scenes look at a high-stakes investigation. We are left with haunting questions about freedom and democracy, war and justice.
Following the screening of Dirty Wars on Wednesday, November 20th there will be a Q&A with director Rick Rowley.
Following the screening on Thursday, November 21st there will be a Q&A with co-writer and co-editor David Riker.
On Friday, November 22nd there will be post screening Q&A with CCR Legal Director Baher Azmy and independent journalist Madiha Tahir, who has recently completed Wounds of Waziristan, a film about drone strikes in Paksitan.
On Tuesday, November 26th there will be a post screening Q&A with CCR Senior Staff Attorney Pardiss Kebriaei. She is lead counsel for CCR in Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta, a federal lawsuit that challenges the legality of the US drone strikes that killed three American citizens whose stories are narrated in Dirty Wars.
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is co- counsel with the ACLU in a federal lawsuit challenging the legality of the US drone strikes that killed three American citizens whose stories are featured in Dirty Wars. One of these dead is Abdulrahman Al-Aulaqi, a 16-year-old boy who was killed in October 2011 while he was eating dinner with his teenage cousin at an open-air restaurant in Yemen. His family is still looking for answers, along with many other families who have lost their loved ones to US drone strikes.
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