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251 Ratings

Dirty Wars

Directed by Rick Rowley
United States, 2013


Dirty Wars follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, author of the international bestseller Blackwater, into the heart of America’s covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond.

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Dirty Wars Directed by Rick Rowley

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Documentary, Features

Sundance Film Festival

2013 | Winner: Cinematography Award (US Documentary Competition)


2013 | Winner: F:ACT Award

Writers Guild of America

2014 | Nominee: Best Documentary Screenplay (Screen)

There’s a hint of narcissism to manner in which Scahill places himself within the story, and the film sometimes underscores the heady traumas of life as a privileged journalist as much as it does the atrocities that have been uncovered… Yet despite these formal blunders, Rowley’s film is strong almost despite itself.
November 28, 2013
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Each of Scahill’s glaring revelations feels staged for maximum emotional effect. Whether it’s director Rick Rowley’s kinetic Bourne-like visuals or Kronos Quartet’s brooding string score, the look and sound of Dirty Wars almost always trumps the content. Throw in Scahill’s endless musings about professional integrity and the film feels like one man’s personal highlight reel posing as social commentary.
June 19, 2013
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If the skeptical viewer holds on tight, “Dirty Wars” becomes hard to swat away, no matter how much its style conveys unconscious insecurity about its assertions. Jeremy Scahill, the movie’s narrator and principal subject, is persuasive.
June 13, 2013
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