Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan

US 2008

In 1971, the Winter Film Collective released the documentary film Winter Soldier. In a self-run war crimes tribunal, Vietnam War veterans testify to crimes they had either seen or perpetrated. The endless tape of witness testimony is harrowing in its radical austerity. The film has become a central document of the antiwar movement as well as a milestone in the history of documentary filmmaking (available on DVD). The video Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan builds on the tradition only in name, offering little more than a well-made television documentary. In a sense, the film testifies to the powerlessness of the peace movement to stop the Iraq war, which had began begun even before the war started—a protest which couldn’t develop charisma.

Video, 19 min

Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan (Part 1)