"IRAQI SHORT FILMS"
ARGENTINA - 2008
COLOR + B&W
DIRECTOR: MAURO ANDRIZZI
EDITING: MAURO ANDRIZZI - FRANCISCO J. VAZQUEZ MURILLO
TECHNICAL ADVISOR: PEPO RAZZARI
ACHAVAL 221 1ER PISO
CP 1406 - BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
T+F 54 11 3527 0059
"Iraqi Short Films" is the result of a long
term investigation of the propaganda generated by all the forces implicated
in the conflict: the private security contractors, the U.S-led occupation
army and the militias resisting the invasion.
What is Iraqi Short Films about?
In Iraq there are thought to be at least 140 armed
bands resisting the military occupation. Gathered according zones of influence,
provinces, clans, ethnic origins, and differences in the way of handling
the resistance, those 140 armed bands form approximately 25 militias or
small guerrilla armies with trained militiamen. Most of the militias are
sponsored financial and militarily by some of the Middle East autocracies.
Strong political allies of the USA some of them, but at the same time
they need to control the American military influence in the zone. Every
militia has between 500 and 1000 members, and everyone has specific designated
duties: recruiting, financiation (funding), intelligence, spying activities,
facilitators, experts in bomb making, suicide operatives and foot soldiers.
Since the U.S-led invasion in 2003, the militias dramatically
increased the number of affiliates. Around 25% of those operatives are
non-Iraqis, the so-called "foreign fighters". They enter the
country crossing the borders illegally, most of them coming from Saudi
Arabia, Libya, Yemen, Jordan, Egypt, and also from the North of Africa:
Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. The disastrous occupation of Iraq created
the ideal training field for this fighters to win experience and confidence,
and it is supposed that after the Gulf War ends, they would return to
their origin countries to start or continue the Jihad (Holy War) there:
they will try to overthrow monarchies and secular governments, establishing
forms of ruling compatible with the Islamic law.
These multinational militias operating in Iraq are
mixed with the civil population. When they move into action, they use
the surprise attack: ambush with small fire arms or heavy weaponry like
ex-Soviet era machine guns and AK 47 rifles, rocket propelled grenades
(RPG), improvised explosive devices (IED) and suicide attacks (martyrdom).
Al-Madhi Army, Jaish Ansar al Sunna (Army of the Protectors of the faith
"Sunna"), ISI (Islamic State of Iraq), Tawil Wal Jihad (Unification
and Holy War) and Ansar al Islam (Protectors of the Islam) are the most
actives militias in terms of operations carried out inside Iraq.
These groups videotape all their acts of war, and the use the material
as recruitment propaganda and as proof of effectiveness in the theatre
of operations to get money and weapons and to gain support for their cause.
Most of militias have their own video production and broadcasting office,
with several people assigned to this specific task. They post-produce
and improve the quality of the material obtained in the operations. They
also add the logo that distinguishes each militia, and voices over the
image with praises, congratulations, or instructions for other operatives.
The militiaman who videotapes the acts of war is always hidden, away from
the action using a camera with extremely powerful zoom lenses and teleobjectives.
Hidden in a previously designated place to get the best possible shot,
he frames and videotapes a moment in war.
Operating in Iraq, the occupation army, United States, has 180000 soldiers
with and extra back up of 7000 British troops, and few hundreds of Polish
and Australians. These last two countries are preparing their withdrawal
by the end of 2008, after the fall of their conservative governments in
the general elections.
Besides that number of soldiers officially declared by the U.S Department
of Defence, there's another quantity of intelligence agents (unregistered),
and private security employees, the so-called "civil contractors".
They work for various private companies with strong influences in Washington.
Each one of those security companies is a small private army, with well
trained, armed and experienced members, like retired military or policemen
personnel. Those companies are hired to provide security and escort convoys
through the streets, highways or alternative routes in Baghdad and all
over the country. They protect and build occidental economic interests,
like pipelines or bridges used to transport goods and equipment, or they
just drive trucks in hot zones. They also escort American and Iraqi politicians
and businessmen from all over the world. In total, there are thought to
be around 100000 private security employees in Iraq, and they come not
only from U.S, but also from South and Central America, Australia, Great
Britain, and some other European countries, seduced by a good salary.
U.S soldiers and private security employees also carry cameras, even if
it is not allowed by the U.S Department of Defence. Some acts of war and
raids are videotaped sometimes for logistical purposes, battle analysis,
or just to use the material as propaganda to be filtered to the press
-if the operation is successful- to boost the moral of the troops and
people back in U.S and to recruit new soldiers.
But U.S soldiers are not allowed to film the war. They do it anyway, spreading
and broadcasting images without permission, violating the orders and restrictions
imposed by their superiors. Videos that show the real war, with casualties
on both sides, scary situations and the horror of the day-by-day in the
"Iraqi Short Films" is the result of
a long term investigation of the propaganda generated by all the forces
implicated in the conflict: the private security contractors, the U.S-led
occupation army and the militias resisting the invasion.