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In 1961, as Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his final address to the nation before leaving the office of President of the United States, he warned that America "must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence...by the military-industrial complex." Nearly 45 years later, as the United States finds itself waging a war in Iraq for reasons that seem increasingly unclear with the passage of time, Eisenhower's statement becomes all the more pertinent, and the question becomes more apt: has the machinery the United States established to wage war helped prevent conflict, or has it done more to inspire it? Documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki offers an in-depth look at how the United States has readied itself for battle, and why and how the nation goes to war in the film Why We Fight. Named for Frank Capra's famed series of Defense Department films (which explained the motives behind America's entry into World War II), Why We Fight features interviews with foot soldiers, Army recruits, Pentagon personnel, decorated veterans, members of Congress, national security advisors, top military strategists, and many more as they talks about the core philosophies of American military strategy and how they have changed since the end of the Second World War. Why We Fight received the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 20, 2006

Awards

Awarded by
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Category
Year
Status
Writers Guild of America Eugene Jarecki Best Documentary 2006 Nominee

Crew

Eugene Jarecki
Director
Eugene Jarecki
Producer
Susannah Shipman
Producer
Eugene Jarecki
Screenwriter
Foster Wiley
Cinematographer
May Ying Welsh
Cinematographer
May-Ying Welch
Cinematographer
Brett Wiley
Cinematographer
Christopher Li
Cinematographer
√Čtienne Sauret
Cinematographer
Sam Cullman
Cinematographer
Sue Jacobs
Musical Direction/Supervision
Nancy Kennedy
Editor
Alessandra Meyer
Associate Producer
Hans Robert Eisenhauer
Executive Producer
Nick Fraser
Executive Producer
Roy Ackerman
Executive Producer
Paul Rusnak
Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Caterini
Supervising Sound Editor
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