Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Body of War

Today I happened upon an interview with Phil Donahue (yes, Phil Donahue, who is still very alive and well and kickin' it on a park bench in Westport...) The Q&A focused on Donahue's upcoming film called "Body of War." (Eddie Vedder supplies the tunes in the doc.)
I've seen Tomas Young in a documentary on PBS before, a young man who was shot and paralyzed from the chest down while on duty in Iraq, but there was something about this trailer that just moved me so. We all see the numbers dead scrolling across the television screen. Yet one look at this young man's face, and you realize the idealism, bravery, and tenacity of those who have volunteered to enlist out of want to do the 'right thing;' and the utter tragedy of a war that has proven to be anything but winnable.

We shouldn't be holding hearings, we shouldn't be discussing budgets,
we should all be shouting. At the top of our lungs. It's madness.

Marvin Gaye - Inner City Blues

No word on a "Body of War" release date from what I can see.

1 comment:

JBK said...

Hey, just a note about something interesting Henry Rollins is doing - he's looking for someone who can do a good "rant" and the person who makes the one he chooses will be put on the air on IFC (Independent Film Channel, where his talk show airs) in a MAJOR way.

Henry will choose someone who does a commentary on one of 11 topics he's chosen - one of which is "Has the Iraq War made us safer? " - and will make them the host of an upcoming “Rollins Show” Marathon on IFC. THE HOST OF THE ON-AIR MARATHON!!

You and your readers can go to and record and upload a 30-second video "rant" on one of the topics that Henry has selected (including abortion rights, has the Iraq war made us safer? Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina, is America a dumb country? global warming, etc.) The one he chooses will be flown to Los Angeles, meet Henry, and serve as host of the upcoming "Rollins Show" Marathon on IFC. All entries will be watched by, and the winner chosen solely by, Henry. He encourages anyone to enter, no matter their political persuasion - his only requirement: have “passion and attitude!”

Check it out: