• See “Incident in New Baghdad” Thursday 8/11 in Providence

    August 6, 2011

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    Posted in: Democracy, Iraq, Military

    Bradley Manning is accused of leaking classified gun camera footage. Known as the “Collateral Murder” video, the deeply disturbing footage recounts a US helicopter attack on a group of mostly unarmed individuals in the streets of Baghdad in July 2007, resulting in the deaths of at least eight individuals including two Iraqi journalists, and two wounded children. Manning risked his life to make the atrocity public.

    To see that the video reached an even wider audience, as well as to provide context for what is shown, James Spione created a critically acclaimed short documentary, Incident in New Baghdad. James focuses on US Army Specialist Ethan McCord’s account of the attack as one of the first six American soldiers to reach the scene, and the struggle he now faces at home as he addresses his own PTSD and works to raise Americans’ awareness of the implications of war.

    “New Baghdad” refers both to the physical location of the killings, New Baghdad City, and perhaps ironically to the “new” Baghdad created by the American invasion.

    For those in the Rhode Island area, Incident in New Baghdad will screen at the Metcalf Auditorium at the RISD Museum on Thursday, August 11 at 1:15 p.m. Tickets are available online. The screening is part of The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival™, the largest film festival in New England.

    Read an interview with filmmaker James Spione, or see a clip from the film, to learn more.

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