Monthly Forum screens ‘Dirty Wars’

Apr 03, 2014
Reporter and author Jeremy Scahill, shown in Somalia, visited a range of conflict-plagued areas for the film “Dirty Wars,” an outgrowth of his book  “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield.”

Belfast — “Dirty Wars” will be screened Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. This film is part of the Monthly Forum series, each third Wednesday, sponsored by the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County.

The film is a recent first-run documentary by Jeremy Scahill, winner of several awards including Sundance’s Cinematography Award, that brings to United States citizens the hidden truth behind America's covert wars. Scahill has gone to the places whose names are heard on the news. However, U.S. residents do not get to hear or see the grim results of high-tech, dangerous weapons that are used secretly in these places by the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command.

In Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and other places around the world, no war has been declared, no vote taken, no accountability required or called for, but the killing goes on and U.S. taxpayers foot the bills. Scahill, a well-known investigative journalist and author, along with film director Rick Rowley, take viewers to the scenes of these covert wars.

A discussion will follow the film; the showing is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information about the film, call 323-0953.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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