War of Lies

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Germany | 2014 | 90 minutes | Matthias Bittner

Meet Iraqi ex-chemical engineer, Mr. Rafid Ahmed Alwan, or as the CIA call him, “Curveball.” Interviewed by German filmmaker, Matthias Bittner, Alwan relates how he devised a story about truckloads of portable chemical weapons that may have brought false cause for the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. Director Matthias Bittner scheduled to attend.

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Have you met the man who gave the US and British government false information about the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? Who made up stories so intricate and palpable, that authorities never thought twice? Meet Iraqi ex-chemical engineer, Mr. Rafid Ahmed Alwan, or as the CIA calls him, “Curveball.” Interviewed by German filmmaker, Matthias Bittner, Alwan relates how he devised a story about truckloads of portable chemical weapons, even providing photos (that turned out to be mobile milk pasteurization trailers). The more information he provided, the more benefits he realized: an apartment, cash, and a car. This story of an Iraqi refugee whose lies fooled German, British, and American secret service personnel and inspired the US to invade Iraq in 2003 is shocking and stranger than fiction. Alwan’s main goal, he maintains throughout his interviews, was to rid Iraq of Saddam Hussein. Director Matthias Bittner intercuts segments of his long interviews with Alwan, who now lives in Germany under asylum, with news clips and reenacted scenes to make the news fresh and just as egregious.

Director Biography
Matthias Bittner is a German director who was born in Munich in 1982. After studying at the renowned Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, he won the Baden-Württemberg Film Award for Best Documentary in 2012 for his debut full-length film Not In My Backyard, a controversial documentary about the rehabilitation of sex offenders. War of Lies is his second feature documentary.

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  • Original Language Title: Krieg der Lügen
  • Director: Matthias Bittner
  • Premiere Status: US Premiere
  • Country: Germany
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Paul Zischler, Susanne Mann
  • Screenplay: Matthias Bittner
  • Cinematographers: Julia Schlingmann
  • Editors: Friedemann Schmidt
  • Music: Philipp Kobilke
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Not In My Backyard (Doc, 2011)
  • Language: German,Arabic, English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Cinephil