Last Saturday afternoon, while daydreaming on a Union Square bench with my impossibly lovely girlfriend, a sincere fellow approached us and offered two free tickets to a film that was showing at the Cinema Village. Having nothing better to do, we accepted his offer. I am grateful that we did.
OCCUPATION: DREAMLAND is the film I've been waiting to see since this whole Iraq 2: Electric Boogaloo debacle began. A downright heroically objective portrait of a group of soldiers in pre-"conquered" Fallujah, the film is tender, enlightening, and profound (not to mention laugh-out-loud hilarious). Garrett Scott and Ian Olds have fashioned a truly human portrait of a situation that is painfully, ashamedly out of control.
While films like FAHRENHEIT 9/11 merely preach to the converted, OCCUPATION: DREAMLAND is humble enough to realize that taking a whiny and belligerent approach to the subject matter will do nothing to open people's minds. I dare anyone--lefty, righty, greeny, whatever--to not be moved by this film. The final montage, set to Grandaddy's "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot," nearly drove me to tears.
Films like this need to be seen by everyone. Please go see it if it's playing in your town. Check out the website for screening information. And thank you to the filmmakers for making something so heartfelt and sincere.