Filmmakers expose US covert operations around the world

Apr 19, 2013

'Dirty Wars' director Richard Rowley traveled to Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan, to investigate the reach of US covert operations.
'Dirty Wars' director Richard Rowley traveled to Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan, to investigate the reach of US covert operations.
Credit Photo courtesy of Dirty Wars

In the past few months, a trio of documentary films and the feature film Zero Dark Thirty have given viewers an inside look at counterterrorism and covert warfare. The films coincide with a growing international scrutiny of drone strikes — a new type of targeted killing that’s been the centerpiece of U.S. counterintelligence strategy since Barack Obama became president.  
The documentaries were screened at film festivals around the world, including the True/False Film Fest here in Missouri.  This week on Global Journalist, we’ll hear from the director and the writer of one of those films, as well as the video journalist for The New York Times’s Opinion section. They spoke on a panel during the True/False Film Fest, about covert wars and agendas in film and journalism.

Panelists:
Rick Rowley, director, Dirty Wars
Jeremy Scahill, producer, Dirty Wars
Jason Spingarn-Koff, series producer and curator of Op-Docs, New York Times