According to the AP, Brian De Palma’s new film dramatizes the “real-life rape and killing of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by U.S. soldiers who also murdered her family.”
De Palma, of course, directed another movie about war crimes committed by U.S. soldiers, the 1989 film “Casualties of War.” Apparently, De Palma’s got a soft spot for such work.
Here’s what De Palma told the AP about “Redacted”:
The movie is an attempt to bring the reality of what is happening in Iraq to the American people.
But, the Haditha incident is not representative of what’s happening in Iraq.
The soldiers implicated in the Haditha incident are currently undergoing an Article 32 hearing (similar to a grand jury) and will face trial for their crimes, if warranted. With more 160,000 troops in Iraq, only a handful of cases like this have arisen. In short, most U.S. troops are not behaving like war criminals.
De Palma’s not interested in “the reality of what’s happening in Iraq.” He’s interested in creating his own “reality of what’s happening in Iraq.”