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"An unflinchingly candid portrait of a squad of American soldiers deployed in
the doomed Iraqi city of Falluja during the winter of 2004, OCCUPATION
chronicles the daily grind of young recruits as they patrol an
environment of low-intensity conflict creeping steadily towards catastrophe.
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.
A real opportunity to see the war from a soldier’s perspective, OCCUPATION
provides an intimate examination of the escalating tension in the
unstable region. The narrative follows a downward spiral of civil
destabilization and personal frustration, borne by individuals trapped on
both sides of the conflict, and unflinchingly addresses the soldiers’
operational and moral ambivalence about the war effort itself.
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."