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Shadow Company (2006)

Thousands of private soldiers operate in Iraq alone... and many more around the world. These individuals, known as private security contractors, are changing the face of modern warfare ... See full summary »

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Alan Bell ...
Himself - President, Globe Risk
Phil Lancaster ...
Himself - Major [Ret.], Canadian Army
Madelaine Drohan ...
Herself - Author + Journalist
Robert Young Pelton ...
Himself - Author + Adventurer
Peter Singer ...
Himself - Political Analyst
Doug Brooks ...
Himself - Government Lobbyist For Security Companies
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Himself - Producer
Cobus Claassens ...
Himself - Security Contractor
Slavko Ilic ...
Himself - Security Contractor
Neall Ellis ...
Himself - Private Military Contractor
Frances Stonor Saunders ...
Herself - Author + Historian
John F. Mullins ...
Himself - Soldier of Fortune
Eike Kluge ...
Himself - Professor of Ethics
Tasha Bradsell ...
Herself - Journalist
James Ashcroft ...
Himself - Interviewee
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Thousands of private soldiers operate in Iraq alone... and many more around the world. These individuals, known as private security contractors, are changing the face of modern warfare everyday while their world has remained mystery to those at home. Shadow Company is the groundbreaking investigative feature-length documentary that seeks out and reveals the origins and destinations of these modern-day mercenaries. Who are these security contractors ? What do they do ? Why do they do it ? THE RULES OF WAR HAVE CHANGED. Purpose Films proudly brings you an immersive and visionary look at the private individuals who have changed them in a way that defies typical documentary style. Written by Wolski, Dominika

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Interviewer: Did you ever consider flying helicopter as a civilian? As an alternative career?
Neall Elliss - Interviewee: No.
Interviewer: No?
Neall Elliss - Interviewee: No. There's not enough excitement.
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Neall Elliss - Interviewee: You know it's all a game. War is a game... It's the ultimate game. There's nothing to touch it.
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Very Informative
13 March 2006 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

Almost everything you ever wanted to know about mercenaries, Shadow Company objectively provides historical background as well as poses questions on the importance of being informed about contract military today.

The filmmakers neither condemn or glorify those who chose this line of work, although in the backlash against military in general after Abu Ghraib stories broke, it may appear to be more sympathetic to at least some of the subjects in the film. In fairness, it is balanced, and focuses not on the right or wrong of contract military/security firms, but on history, structure, and how they fit into global military action, from Sierre Leone to Iraq.

It's a thoughtful, articulate documentary.


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