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Gunner Palace

24 February 2005

There is something about the presentation of this new film, Gunner Palace, that disturbs me.  It looks like a music video. In actuality, it's a documentary about US troops who live in the bombed and abandoned luxury mansion of Saddam's son Uday in Baghdad. The filmmaker, Michael Tucker, was embedded with the "gunners" for a total of two months. The reviews say Tucker doesn't push any particular political point of view, but lets the soldiers tell their own story. In interviews he says he wants to challenge "the Fox news view of the world" and "just wants people to talk about the war". I haven't seent the film yet so I can't judge. But I will. Apparently the soldiers rapping about their experiences is a highlight.

Watch the trailer here.

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