On Thurs., Apr. 6, at 6:30 p.m., UFPPC will present a free showing of “Occupation: Dreamland,” an Iraq war documentary on a squad of U.S. soldiers stationed outside Fallujah in early 2004, in the days before catastrophe engulfed that city.  --  The film was only recently released (Mar. 6).  --  “Occupation: Dreamland” won the “content+intent=change” award at the 2005 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.  --  See below for more information, including links to reviews....

WHAT:  “Occupation: Dreamland,” a 78-minute feature film on a squad of U.S. soldiers posted outside Fallujah in early 2004
WHO:  Directed by Garrett Scott and Ian Olds
WHEN:  Thursday, April 6 -- 6:30 p.m.
WHERE:  First United Methodist Church, 423 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

“Occupation: Dreamland,” an extraordinary film about the Iraq war just released on DVD, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Apr. 6, at First United Methodist Church (423 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma).  There is no charge; all are invited.  (The showing will be followed by a brief discussion and then the regular meeting of United for Peace of Pierce County, circa 8:00 p.m.)


Some reviews:

Buzzflash:  “Not like any other documentary.  It just might change the way you think about the war in Iraq.”

Rotten Tomatoes:  81% “fresh” rating (with links to several dozen reviews).

Amazon.com:  4 stars; 9 customer reviews.


More information about “Occupation: Dreamland” is available at the film’s web site.

From the web site:

“ ‘Occupation: Dreamland’ is an unflinchingly candid portrait of a squad of American soldiers deployed in the doomed Iraq city of Falluja during the winter of 2004. A collective study of the soldiers unfolds as they patrol an environment of low-intensity conflict creeping steadily towards catastrophe. Through the squads activities ‘Occupation: Dreamland’ provides a vital glimpse into the last days of Falluja. The film documents the city’s waning stability before a final series of military assaults began in the spring of 2004 that effectively destroyed it.

“Filmmakers Garrett Scott and Ian Olds were given access to all operations of the Army’s 82nd Airborne. They lived with the unit 24/7, giving voice to soldiers held under a strict code of authority as they cope with an ambiguous, often lethal environment. The result is a revealing, sometimes surprising look at Army life, operations and the complexity of American war in the 21st century.”