KPFK Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles is proud to host a free screening of
“Battle for Haditha” Saturday December 14th, 12:30pm at the Downtown Independent Theatre
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with:the film maker Nick Broomfield;actors Elliot Ruiz, Eric Mehalacopoulos, Andrew McLaren, Vernon Gaines, Thomas Hennesey, all Marines who star in the film;Jackie Goldberg who served on the LA City Council and as President of the LA School Board; Tom Hayden, author, journalist, founder of the Culver City based Peace and Justice Centerand more!
Facilitated by Margaret Prescod, host of Pacifica Radio’s “Sojourner Truth
The film Battle for Haditha by award winning UK film maker Nick Broomfield has had limited distribution in the US. One can only wonder why since it is based on the true story of US Marines who massacred innocent Iraqi, men, women and children in Haditha Iraq. There was a subsequent cover-up but the story eventually emerged. The film is timely and relevant today: this past year has been the most violent in Iraq since 2008 and massacres by US troops are reported now in Afghanistan and covered by journalists including Jeremy Skahill. Before “Dirty Wars” there was “Battle for Haditha”. It is a must see for all who care about peace and justice. Read more about the film and the Marines that star in it here:
The Financial Times review of the film says “there can be no better film about war.” But Broomfield has been accused of making an anti-American film which it is not. It is a film that shows, on all sides, the reality of war and how young 17-18 year old Marines could become brutal killers, and how the brass in the US military were ready to sacrifice troops at the bottom to protect themselves and a flawed US policy. It humanizes the Iraqi people, shows the reality of Marine life (the actors who play Marines were all Marines). It humanizes the so-named insurgents.
The Pacifica Radio Network was founded by peace activists and peace/anti-war is part of Pacifica’s Mission. As the holiday season is upon us, join us in remembering those in far flung places of the globe, military and civilian, who pay the price for war and occupation;, and in recognition of those who have stood against war.
Venue: Downtown Independent Theater