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[casi] Iraq film screening next Sunday (16th)

Iraq and US: the making of a crisis
An Afternoon of Films and Discussion about War and Sanctions in Iraq

Sunday 16 February from 1pm to 6.30 pm

A DocHouse Presentation at
The Other Cinema
11 Rupert Street, London W1
Tel: 020 7437 0757
Nearest tubes: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Sq
8/6 pounds waged/unwaged

Discussion with speakers including Iraqi writer Haifa Zangana, Jeremy
Corbyn MP and Milan Rai, international peace campaigner, founder of
Voices in the Wilderness UK and author of 'War Plan Iraq: 10 reasons not
to go to war against Iraq' *(Verso, 2002).

Following on from the international day of protests (Saturday 15th
February) against the threat of war on Iraq, Dochouse presents an
afternoon of films and discussion that moves beyond the soundbites of
the current crisis to reveal the legacies of Western involvement in a
country now facing the uncertainties of a conflict the UN estimates
would lead to more civilian casualties than the Gulf War (1) and could
threaten the stability of the Middle East. Exploring the deadly cost of
economic sanctions, the secret agendas behind the drive to war and the
complex issues around weapons inspections, the event promises to show
the essential role that documentary can play in revealing truths that
are often unpalatable, disturbing and wilfully obscured from public

Films will include:

In Shifting Sands: The Truth about UNSCOM and the Disarming of Iraq
(Scott Ritter, 2002, US) 92 mins. Documentary. UK Premiere.

Former chief UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter, now one of the most
vocal opponents of war with Iraq, delivers a personal perspective on the
UNSCOM weapons inspections, providing a damning first-hand indictment of
US policy in the region and an important record of a process that could
either lead to, or avert, another war.

He looks at the complex issues surrounding the interplay between the US,
the UN and Iraq in regard to the latter''s obligation to be disarmed of
its weapons of mass destruction, through the use of unique and powerful
footage shot in Iraq at the time of the inspections, along with critical
players from UNSCOM and Iraq and through the actions and words of such
notable figures as Rolf Ekeus, the first Executive Chairman of UNSCOM,
numerous weapons inspectors including Ritter himself, as well as the
Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq Tariq Aziz, Amer Rashid (the father of
Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs) and Amer al-S'adi, Saddam
Hussein's Scientific Advisor.

Revealing for the first time the scope of the intelligence work carried
out by UNSCOM in Iraq, as well as the betrayal of UNSCOM and its
disarmament mission by the United States in favour of the unilateral
American policies of containment and regime removal, IN SHIFTING SANDS
tells a powerful story in an engaging and objective manner.


The Hidden Wars of Desert Storm (Gerard Ungerman & Audrey Brohy, 2000,
US) (15) Documentary. 64 mins.

Narrated by John Hurt, this investigative doc goes behind the scenes  to
explore the underlying Western motivations informing the Gulf War in
and the ongoing, unfinished business in the region that is propelling
the drive to war yet again. More than a historical piece (however
its an important and provocative aid to understanding the dangerous
mechanisms at work in the Middle East, the American military-industrial
complex and beyond.


Greetings from Missile Street (Tom Jackson, 2001, US) (15)
Documentary. 40 mins.

In January 1999, American planes, patrolling Iraq's Southern no fly
zone, launched a missile strike (something they have been doing almost
weekly for over a decade) that hit a residential street in the city of
Basra. A year later, American peace activists lived with the families
the community for a month, bearing witness to their grief and anger at
losing relatives to the bombs and also to the continuing devastation of
sanctions. A powerful activist film in the best sense, compelling us too
to act.

(1) Leaked draft UN assessment, see for full text.

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