Film List for Spring 2007 Teach-Ins

Prepared by HAW (Historians Against the War)

Updated February 21



Arlington West.”  A 2006 film by Peter Dudar and Sally Marr, featuring 101 interviews with soldiers and Marines en route to and returning from the war in Iraq, plus interviews with military families.  The film has been shown in a great variety of venues including high schools.  75 minutes.  Website:


“The Ground Truth.”  A 2006 Patricia Foulkrod documentary based on interviews with returning Iraq War veterans.  78 minutes.  Website: 


Gunner Palace.”  A 2005 documentary by Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein showing the lives of US soldiers stationed in a former Iraqi palace in 2003, early in the invasion.  85 minutes.  Website:


"Iraq for Sale."  A new (Sept. ’06) Robert Greenwald film. Takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq.  Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so.  75 minutes.  To obtain the DVD go on the website:


“Meeting Face to Face: The Iraq–U.S. Labor Solidarity Tour.”  A 2006 documentary directed by Ira Levinson.  Follows six senior Iraqi labor leaders on a tour of 25 US cities in June 2005, sponsored by U.S. Labor Against the War.  27 minutes.  Website, with DVD ordering information:


“Occupation Dreamland.”  A 2005 documentary directed by Garrett Scott and Ian Olds.  The filmmakers followed a squad of US soldiers in Falluja for six weeks in the winter of 2004, before the city’s near-destruction.  140 minutes.  Website:


“The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez.”  A 2006 documentary (Spanish, English, and German with English subtitles) directed by Heidi Specogna.  The story of the first US soldier killed in the Iraq invasion, a Guatemalan immigrant.  One HAW Steering Committee member who saw it called it “the best antiwar film I have ever seen.”  90 minutes.  DVD.  E-mail:


"Sir! No Sir!"  New (April ’06) David Zeiger documentary about G.I. resistance during the Vietnam War.  85 minutes.  DVD available from


"Why We Fight."  Eugene Jarecki film, winner of the Grand Jury prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.  Basic info on the military-industrial complex conveyed through interviews plus President Eisenhower 1961 farewell address.  98 minutes.  DVD ordering info on


"WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception."  Danny Schechter 2004 documentary on propaganda techniques of the Bush Administration.  98 minutes.  DVD ordering info on


Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" (2004).  122 minutes.  DVD ordering info on





“The Myth of the Liberal Media: The Propaganda Value of News” (1997).  Media Education Foundation DVD featuring Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman.  Useful for understanding the Bush Administration’s success in making the case for the Iraq invasion.  60 minutes.  DVD ordering information at


"Hearts and Minds" (1974).  Academy Award winning Peter Davis documentary on the Vietnam War.  112 minutes.  DVD ordering info on


"Winter Soldier."  Atrocities beyond My Lai in the Vietnam War, based on testimony by US veterans of the war (1971, recently re-released).  95 minutes.  DVD ordering info on


“In the Year of the Pig” (1969).  Classic Emile D’Antonio documentary on the Vietnam War.  DVD ordering info on


"Why Vietnam?"  A propaganda film made for orientation of soldiers being sent to Vietnam.  A horrible example of history being twisted to shape a propaganda agenda.  International Historic Films in VHS format,





The following recommendation comes from Jose Vasquez of Veterans Against the War,


PBS has a page for their FRONTLINE documentary series that offers free downloadable movies.  They are always amazing and informative. In fact, I use these films in the courses I teach and get them free from the internet!


Check out:  There is a Watch Online section over to the right side.


Of interest to the Teach Ins:


The Dark Side

The Insurgency

The Torture Question

Private Warriors

The New Asylums

Karl Rove-The Architect

Israel's Next War

The Soldier's Heart

A Company of Soldiers

Al Qaeda's New Front

Rumsfeld's War

Son of Al Qaeda

Beyond Baghdad

Chasing the Sleeper Cell

Truth, War, and Consequences

The War Behind Closed Doors

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