IFC/Sundance Selects' "Dirty Wars -- Opening June 21 at the Ritz 5 Theatre

Friday, June 21, 2013 - Sunday, June 30, 2013
The Ritz 5, 214 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Dirty Wars, Richard Rowley’s documentary tracking investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill on a global hunt to uncover America’s secret wars on terror, won the Cinematography award at the Sundance Film Festival.

It’s the dirty little secret of the War on Terror: all bets are off, and almost anything goes. We have fundamentally changed the rules of the game and the rules of engagement. Prior to 9/11, it was customary for America to sound a formal declaration of war on a given country before attacking. Today drone strikes, night raids, and U.S. government–condoned torture occur in hidden corners across the globe, generating unprecedented civilian casualties.

Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill (author of the best-selling book Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Mercenary Army) traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), the most secret and elite fighting force in U.S. history, exposing covert operations carried out by men who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress. No target is off-limits for the JSOC “kill list,” even if the person is a U.S. citizen.

Director Richard Rowley takes us on a chilling ride with fearless whistle-blower Scahill. Dirty Wars is a battle cry for the soul and conscience of an America few of us know exists.

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