My name has the perfect number of characters.
I’ve spent the last few weeks producing “The Bombing of al-Bara,” an immersive digital short film about Syria.
FRONTLINE filmmaker Olly Lambert was in the village of al-Bara in Idlib province filming Syrian rebel commander Jamal Maarouf when government jets dropped bombs on homes 300 meters away from him. Though the blast knocked him to the ground, Olly kept filming for the next hour, journeying to the scenes of each strike.
I produced the footage into this 36-minute digital film, vividly narrated by Lambert. It captures the chaos on the ground as villagers try to rescue family and friends trapped under the rubble, the bombing’s effect on ordinary civilians whose lives literally have just been blown apart, the terrible fear when the government jets return for a second bombing run, and the ensuing calls for revenge that illustrate the country’s descent into a no man’s land of hatred, suspicion and terror.
I hope you’ll watch.
“General Dynamics Land Systems Inc., Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded a $395,462,993 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract. The award will provide for the research, development and testing for the Engineering Change Proposal in support of the Abrams tank. Work will be performed in Sterling Heights and Lima, Ohio, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2020. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with one bid received.”
Only the Internet could have made this bid process successful.
Remember how we won nine years ago tonight? I didn’t think so.
This was one of the most theatrical, political, and deceptive events in American history.
We don’t understand time.
Thomas Friedman sums up the Iraq war… (5/29/2003) (by JeremyWBlueDuck37)
This is very enlightening to watch after the official end of the Iraq War.
My favorite response to this:
“It’s the height of irresponsibility to demand “action” without saying what that action might be, or to provide some kind of sensible assessment of its likely consequences.”
The YouTube comments aren’t bad either:
“If petulance, fear and moral confusion could be made into a mustache wax, Friedman would have a lifetime supply. What a sick man.”
One of 17 volunteers who fell during an attack in the Spanish Civil War. He was shot in the head, 1936.
This captures a punctum.