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Back to Afghanistan: "The Kill Team" Resurrects America's War Crimes

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • July 24, 2014 11:38 AM
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Just when you thought the war in Afghanistan was a distant memory, "The Kill Team" (opening in theaters on July 25) reminds us that America's military missteps in the country remain an open wound. I have been covering and heralding the movie since its 2013 Tribeca Film Festival premiere, where it won best documentary feature. I worry that Americans' taste for tales of Afghanistan and Iraq have long reached capacity, but "The Kill Team" is essential viewing--a potent reminder of how quickly morality becomes muddied in a war zone.

Eight Years Later, "Iraq in Fragments" Proves Just as Relevant

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • July 3, 2014 10:49 AM
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Is there a more prophetic documentary, or title, than James Longley’s visionary "Iraq in Fragments"? More than eight years since the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2006, Longley’s impressionistic and visceral glimpse of life in Iraq has never felt more resonant. Over at Keyframe Daily, I wrote a story that reflects on the award-winning Sundance documentary, given the current divisions that are tearing apart Iraq.

Dinesh D'Souza's "America" Set to Spark, then Fizzle at Box Office

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • July 1, 2014 9:50 AM
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In 2012, author-turned-filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza caught some kind of freakish right-wing lightning in a bottle when his debut documentary "2016: Obama's America" became the fourth highest-grossing documentary ever released in the U.S. It was a box-office victory championed by conservative commentators around the U.S., and has now spawned a sequel, titled "America: Imagine the World Without Her," which opened to solid numbers last weekend in Houston and Atlanta ($39,000 on three screens) and opens wider over the 4th of July holiday. But unlike "Obama's America," don't expect "America" to take the country by storm. With horrid reviews and an overbearing and dull first trailer, the new movie will likely fizzle quickly after an initial highly touted wide release. And if it doesn't, God help us.

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