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Venice premieres focus on Iraq collateral damage

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Venice premieres focus on Iraq collateral damage


Two movies about the fall out of the Iraq war have been causing as much of a stir as their stars at the Venice Film Festival.
Charlize Theron stars with Tommy Lee Jones in the powerful “Valley of Elah” about a man trying to unravel the murder of his war veteran son.

“Crash” director Paul Haggis said getting this new film financed, when approval for George Bush was riding so high, was very difficult, requiring a push from Clint Eastwood.

Fellow director Brian de Palma drew on blogs for the content of his “Redacted”.

“The form is more or less dictated by the material. The material was all on the internet. All my research led me to youtube and blogs and video journals of soldiers. It’s all there on the internet,” de Palma explained

The docu-drama, presented like a video journal, focusses on the rape and killings by US soldiers in Mahmoudiya last year.

It’s creator says film makers are now having to do what journalists are not doing and that is tell the truth about the horrors of Iraq.

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