"Liberia, a nation burdened by its past. America, a nation with no memory at all." In Liberia, the summer of 2003 was pure insanity. A rebel army attempts to overthrow a government run by ...
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Documentary about deceased photojournalist Tim Hetherington directed by Sebastian Junger. Together with his friend and long-term collaborator Sebastian, Tim had travelled the world ... See full summary »
"Liberia, a nation burdened by its past. America, a nation with no memory at all." In Liberia, the summer of 2003 was pure insanity. A rebel army attempts to overthrow a government run by an indicted war criminal. Two armies engage in the final battle of a decade long civil war. Hundreds of innocent civilians die from mortar shells launched from afar and thousands more suffer hunger while the soldiers, mostly teenagers, keep the capital city under siege. The nation prays that America, the world's sole superpower, will put an end to the violence. Conceived in Washington in the early 1800s, its constitution written at Harvard, its founding fathers freed slaves who returned to Africa, Liberia is the one country in the world worthy of the title, Made in America. By the year 2000, Liberia, once considered the gem of Africa, was ranked last in the world for quality of life.Written by
While Jonathan Stack filmed in Monrovia capturing the last months of President Charles Taylor's regime, James Brabazon traveled with the LURD rebel army as they marched on the capital city. The filmmakers gained extraordinary access to both sides in the conflict and the film gives a palpable sense of life in a war zone. See more »
The problem with the documentary was it really didn't address the human rights issues and corruption of the Liberian Government. At some points of the film you almost feel sorry for Charles Taylor - perhaps if we knew the whole picture we wouldn't. The film did have a lot of anti-American tint to it, and some of it may have been deserved.
However, if the filmmakers were going to be critical of the US Government, they seemed to forget to put any real criticism on there brothers in the American Media. The absence of Liberia being anywhere in the news media in the US was a contributing factor of the lack of US involvement. One that should not be overlooked, which other then one line in the film wasn't even mentioned. Funny how that always seems to happen - the media very rarely critizes themselves.
It wasn't fair to really point out the lack of American involvement-without pointing out the lack of Western involvement as a whole. Liberia may be the one country that has some real history with the US. The rest of Africa and it's poverty, corruption and instability as a whole is more a direct link to Europe and it's failure with former colonies.
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