In early 2004, filmmakers Ian Olds and Garrett Scott traveled to the Iraqi city of Fallujah and spent several months with the men of the United States Army's 82nd Airborne Division as they patrolled the community and attempted to ferret out supporters of the nation's previous regime. As the weeks wore on, Olds and Scott found that a number of the soldiers whom they were "embedded" with were having serious doubts about their mission; while many were still firmly committed to the U.S. military effort, others began wondering out loud what purpose their presence served and if they were accomplishing any good at all. The American soldiers were also uneasy with their status as peacekeepers when they were trained to be warriors, a point that became moot when tensions in Fallujah erupted into violence over a year after "major combat operations" had supposedly come to an end in Iraq. Occupation: Dreamland is a documentary drawn from the footage Olds and Scott shot while in Iraq, and attempts to paint a picture of the larger conflict in Iraq as well as the lives of the men who serve there. The film received its North American premiere at the 2005 South by Southwest Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
A weak and uneven look at the realities of the Iraq War and the courageous men that volunteer their service for this country. A real disservice to America, as we sometimes forget the audience is so often not limited to just Americans. Predictable in that regard, but still disappointing. Don't waste your time.
The film made it look like most of the soldiers were poor, dropouts who are undereducated. These soldiers are the real thing, but the opinion was limited to just the negative side and totally ignored any other perspective. One sided and an obvious ploy to show only one point of view being true and backed by facts. We might also think that perhaps the younger and lower ranking soldiers might not always have the answers or the facts. I like a balanced perspective and not just someoneâs opinion dressed as fact.
It's so very sad that while America has two major wars raging you are hard pressed to find ANY major media coverage. There was better coverage of Vietnam! So, if you want to see what your government has been working so hard at making sure you don't see, watch this. Watch the extras if you want to see more of the story.