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May 16 - June 9, 2013   Start the Festival in style with the SIFF 2013 Opening Night Gala! The evening features the Seattle premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, with director Joss Whedon and cast members Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg scheduled to attend.

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Dirty Wars

Producer Jeremy Scahill scheduled to attend | May 24 & May 25

Richard Rowley offers a devastating indictment of the covert wars sponsored by the United States government. Based on the investigative reporting of Jeremy Scahill, this documentary sheds light on the darkest secrets of American history.

May 7, 2013
10:00 AM SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival Date has passed

Press Screening - Admission by pass only

May 24, 2013
7:00 PM Harvard Exit Date has passed
May 25, 2013
11:30 AM SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival Date has passed

Long gone are the days when American involvement in a war meant a public declaration from Congress and an assurance that a noble and just cause was being defended. In acclaimed director Richard Rowley's scathing indictment of United States military policy over the last few decades, Dirty Wars follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, author of the international bestseller Blackwater, behind the lines in America's covert war operations, from Somalia to yemen to today's ongoing struggle in Afghanistan. Rowley's cameras follow Scahill as he tracks down the CIA agents, military generals, and Special Forces operators who operate with an almost total lack of governmental restraint, many of whom have never gone on the record before about their top-secret activities. Scahill also interviews those on the other side of the "black ops" equation—the survivors of night raids and drone strikes, and victims of torture in undisclosed detention sites. Dirty Wars chronicles the history of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), the most secret fighting force in U.S. history. JSOC teams are granted impunity to "find, fix, and finish" their targets, which can include law-abiding U.S. citizens, without due process. Dirty Wars takes viewers into a real-life "heart of darkness" and asks whether our collective sense of homeland security can justify the shocking human rights violations that were committed in its name.

Director Biography
Richard Rowley has 16 years of experience in the film and television business and is a cofounder of Big Noise Films. His documentary features, including The Fourth Ward and This Is What Democracy Looks Like, as well as his short films and news reports, have won multiple accolades. A co-founder of the Independent Media Center, Rowley has been a Pulitzer Fellow, a Rockefeller Fellow, and a Jerome Foundation Fellow.

Sponsored in part by Seattle Weekly

Director: Richard Rowley
Principal Cast: Nasser Al Aulaqi, Saleha Al Aulaqi, Muqbal Al Kazemi
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 90 minutes
Producer: Brenda Coughlin, Anthony Arnove, Jeremy Scahill
Screenplay: David Riker, Jeremy Scahill
Cinematographers: Richard Rowley
Editors: Richard Rowley, David Riker
Music: David Harrington, Kronos Quartet
Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2013 (Cinematography Award U. S. Documentary)
Filmography: Deserter (2007); The War of 33 (2007); The Fourth World War (2003); Black & Gold (2001); This is What Democracy Looks Like (2000); Zapatista (1999)
Language: English
International Sales: Submarine Entertainment
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