The Video Association of Dallas
invites you to a special screening of
WHY WE FIGHT
a film by Eugene Jarecki
Presented by: Sony Pictures Classics
**Director Eugene Jarecki will be doing a Q&A immediately following the screening**
Monday, February 6
Angelika Film Center - Mockingbird Station
5321 E. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, Texas 75206
?Why We Fight,? the new film by Eugene Jarecki which won the Grand Jury Prize
at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, is an unflinching look at the anatomy of the
American war machine, weaving unforgettable personal stories with commentary by
a ?who?s who? of military and beltway insiders. Featuring John McCain, Gore
Vidal, William Kristol, Chalmers Johnson, Richard Perle and others, ?Why We
Fight? launches a bipartisan inquiry into the workings of the military
industrial complex and the rise of the American Empire.
Inspired by Dwight Eisenhower?s legendary farewell speech (in which he coined
the phrase ?military industrial complex?), filmmaker Jarecki (?The Trials of
Henry Kissinger?) surveys the scorched landscape of a half-century?s military
adventures, asking how ? and telling why ? a nation of, by, and for the people
has become the savings-and-loan of a system whose survival depends on a state of
The film moves beyond the headlines of various American military operations to
the deeper questions of why ? why does America fight? What are the forces
?political, economic, ideological ? that drive us to fight against an
ever-changing enemy? ?Frank Capra made a series of films during World War II
called ?Why We Fight? that explored America?s reasons for entering the war,?
Jarecki notes. ?Today, with our troops engaged in Iraq and elsewhere for reasons
far less clear, I think it?s crucial to ask the questions: ?Why are we doing
what we are doing? What is it doing to others? And what is it doing to us???
EUGENE JARECKI ? DIRECTOR, PRODUCER
Eugene Jarecki's first short film, SEASON OF THE LIFTERBEES, premiered at
SUNDANCE in 1992 before winning a regional Student Academy Award and Grand Prize
at ASPEN SHORTSFEST.
In 2001, Jarecki wrote and directed the dramatic feature THE OPPONENT,
distributed by LIONS GATE FILMS. His 2002 documentary THE TRIALS OF HENRY
KISSINGER was released theatrically in 130 U.S. cities. Winner of the 2002
Amnesty International Award, the film was nominated for an Independent Spirit
Award, broadcast in over thirty countries. In 2002, TRIALS was selected to
launch the SUNDANCE CHANNEL?s DOCday venture as well BBC?s prestigious digital
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