Five accomplished, politically progressive film-makers come together to raise the collective consciousness about the U.S. war in Afghanistan, officially the longest war in U.S. history. ... See full summary »
One of the best documentaries i have ever seen. Totally 99% for all the brave US occupiers. Saw it in a festival in Athens back in 2004 (i think that was the year) and still remember it.
To me it was an introduction in early 20th century American labor history, for which i knew nothing about.
Archival footage mixes with deftly deployed inter titles. The music is great as well. The lyrics to traditional mining songs are accompanied by music from William Oldham, Jim O'Rourke, and the band Low, producing an appropriately moody, effulgent, and strangely out-of-time soundtrack. The result is a unique film/video hybrid that combines painterly images, incisive writing, and a bold graphic sensibility to produce an articulate example of the aesthetic and political possibilities offered by filmmaking in the digital age. The way the film links the history of the mine with the present environmental nightmare in the area is charismatic.
Since then i am a William Oldham fan as well...
I will try to purchase the DVD now, off i go...
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