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WMD The Murderous Reign of Saddam Hussein
See and Experience a balanced view of the real Iraq.Documentary 'WMD' investigates Saddam terror reign, challenges popular opinion of war in Iraq
Weighing the human and economic toll of going to war against a tyrant in Iraq, an inquiring mind wants to know, “Is it worth it?” That’s the essential question asked in a new documentary film by Brad Maaske, a Central California businessman who hastens to distance himself from “Hollywood types” voicing opinions that he says lack foundation.
Alarmed by the wellspring of criticism of the Iraqi war and the American policies backing it, particularly a recent film blasting President George W. Bush, Maaske sets out to uncover the truth surrounding the war, America’s military engagement, Iraq’s links to global terrorism, and in particular, the under-reported acts of atrocity committed directly by or under the command of Saddam Hussein.
“WMD – The Murderous Reign of Saddam Hussein,” releases theatrically in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles on October 8, followed by release in theatres in other major markets and on DVD.
Central to the story are eyewitness accounts and never-before-seen footage of chemical attacks, murders and torture leveled against the Kurdish population of Iraq dating from Saddam’s corrupt rise to power and spanning more than two decades. Pivotal to Maaske’s decision to develop “WMD” was his meeting with Jano Rosebiani, an award-winning Kurdish movie director who had documented the atrocities in his film “Mass Graves.” Rosebiani, himself, had lost family members during “Anfal”, Saddam’s carefully orchestrated campaign of genocide targeting Kurds in Northern Iraq from 1986 to 1988. “When I saw Jano Rosebiani’s film, it broke my heart,” Maaske said. “I knew this was a story that had to be told, but until now, no one had stepped up to the plate to tell it.” Also important to the visual story are scenes from “Chemical Ali,” a documentary by Kurdish filmmaker Kawa Akrawi who assisted in the production of “WMD.”
At least 182,000 Kurds in Iraq were murdered or are missing and presumed dead. Authorities on Iraq estimate that 1.3 million people have died as a direct result of Saddam Hussein’s acts of terror since 1979, the year he bullied his way into office.
In addition to the stories told by the survivors of Saddam’s regime, Maaske draws on the study, experience and objective viewpoints of academic historians. Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and Dr. Judith Mendelsohn Rood, Chair of the Department of History, Government and Social Science at Biola University, offer a picture of regional history and a social and political context for the personalities and events that have stirred conflict in the Middle East for centuries and have polarized public opinion in the West for generations.
Also featured in “WMD,” and contributing to an understanding of how uninformed and off-balance popular sentiment on Iraq can be are interviews with bystanders and protesters conducted by Evan Coyne Maloney whose comically biting short films are a pillar of his website, brain-terminal.com. In one segment Maloney surprises “contestants” of an on-the-street “game show” with quotes of support for the war in Iraq from such unlikely voices as Hillary Rodham Clinton and Al Gore.
In another segment, Brad Maaske asks his audience to recall the horror of September 11, 2001, and consider how as a nation, the U.S. has pulled away from its unified determination to address global terrorism wherever it threatens human freedom and security. “I find in showing scenes from 9-11, people are amazed by how quickly they’ve forgotten the horror of that day,” Maaske says. “In ‘WMD,’ I want people to realize there’s a tremendous cost to apathy, especially when it comes to dealing with terrorism, whether it’s inflicted on our shores or half a world away.” Rudolph Guilliani, the former mayor of New York, is seen in the documentary offering a modern history of terrorism, and declaring Saddam Hussein, himself, to be a weapon of mass destruction.
In the stirring conclusion to “WMD,” townspeople of Exeter, California, gather on a high school football field for the memorial service of Army Specialist Daniel Unger who was killed in action in Iraq. The wife of his commanding officer reads an account of Daniel’s bravery, and his parents speak privately of their son’s sacrifice for freedom.
“WMD – The Murderous Reign of Saddam Hussein” is the co-production of Brad Maaske, The Iraqi Truth Project, and Earl Grizzell of Grizzell Productions in association with distributor Stonegate Media Group of Hollywood, California
WARNING: There is some graphic content contained on this film.
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WMD The Murderous Reign of Saddam Hussein - DVD – Bonnie Y, 06/10/2013
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WMD The Murderous Reign of Saddam Hussein - DVD – Wael H, 10/20/2011
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WMD The Murderous Reign of Saddam Hussein - DVD – Lindie G, 11/19/2004
Paul Harvey has a segment on his radio program entitled 'The Rest of the Story'. How wonderful that Brad Maaske took the time to let America know about Iraq and the rest of the story. His DVD picks up where America's media leaves off, or even worse... leaves out....
WMD The Murderous Reign of Saddam Hussein - DVD – Robert J, 10/11/2004
Dear Brad, Like so many people (at the Liberty Film Festival in West L.A.) I was moved by your film. I have never once seen people come up to a filmmaker in tears thanking him for his effort. What's even more extroardinary is that this was your first film. Congratulations and good luck on your adventure.
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