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19 May 2006 (Italy) See more »
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In January, 2004, in Al-Falluja, Iraq, a documentary film crew follows an infantry squad of the 82nd Airborne... See more » | Add synopsis »
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(3 articles)
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 (From IFC. 7 September 2010, 6:30 AM, PDT)

Four Iraq War Documentaries On DVD
 (From Underground Film Journal. 19 January 2010, 5:00 AM, PST)

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Every American must see this film See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Matthew Bacik ... Himself
Chris Corcione ... Himself
Eric Forbes ... Himself
Patrick Napoli ... Himself
Thomas Turner ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Blyer ... Himself
Robert McGuire ... Himself
Ryan Mish ... Himself - Staff Sergeant
Austin Nichols ... Himself
Luis Pacheco ... Himself - Alpha Company Medic
Bryan Rowland ... Himself
Joseph Wood ... Himself

Directed by
Ian Olds 
Garrett Scott 
 
Produced by
Selina Lewis Davidson .... producer
Irene Min .... associate producer
Nancy L. Roth .... producer (as Nancy Roth)
Garrett Scott .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Ian Olds 
 
Film Editing by
Ian Olds 
Garrett Scott 
 
Sound Department
Jim Dawson .... sound
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
John Moros .... assistant sound editor
 
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Jaime Wolf .... legal counsel
 

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USA:78 min
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Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) (TV)See more »
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Going To CarolinaSee more »

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Every American must see this film, 13 November 2005
Author: Bruce Burns (burnsb319@earthlink.net) from Austin, Texas

In case you haven't noticed (and why should you), the United States has been engaged in a massive war for almost three years and over 2,000 American lives lost. There have been several documentaries made about the war, but sadly most of them have been about the White House and Pentagon and what the filmmakers think of them.

"Occupation: Dreamland" is different. It tells the story of the war not from a politician's or reporter's eye-view, but through the stories of our troops. There is none of the clever editing or voiced-over partisan hyperbole that you get from propagandists like Fox News or Michael Moore. All we see is the war as it happens and the soldiers' comments on what is going on.

The soldiers do not all agree with each other about the necessity of the war or support for the current President, but they all agree that they have a job to do and a duty to do it to the best of their ability. What I also like is that there were Iraqis willing to talk to the filmmakers about their perspective about the war, and you realize that these are not just a race of drooling assassins (the way they would be portrayed in a Hollywood action film), but frustrated human beings who resent having to have foreign troops in their neighborhoods.

Watching this film, you see how these men deal with boredom alternating with fear for one's life. And in between battles and the doldrums, there are USO shows and scary retention meetings, where recruiters basically tell the soldiers they are losers who can't function in civilian society.

Pro-war zealots will not like the fact that the troops are not shown to be super-patriotic he-men, but imperfect young men barely out of adolescence who find their job all too daunting, implying that this war has been planned poorly up to this point. Anti-war activists will not like that the movie clearly shows that these young men are the only thing keeping Iraq from total chaos, implying that an artificial timetable for bringing troops home will lead to disaster.

I think that it is criminal that this film has not yet gone into wide release. If I had my way, every American--especially those fair-weather patriots who say they support the war, but who do not serve in the military and/or will not allow their children to enlist--would be made to see this film. It might make everyone think twice before giving easy answers to the war.

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