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SFC: American filmmakers hope to bring impact of Iraq war home

SFC: American filmmakers hope to bring impact of Iraq war home

Without a military draft, few middle-class Americans have been directly touched by the Iraq war, making the 4-year-old conflict seem distant compared with the war in Vietnam. It is unprecedented for so many Hollywood films to depict a war in anything but flattering terms while the country is still fighting it. Most major Vietnam War-related films either came out after the war ended (such as 1978’s “Coming Home” and 1979’s “Apocalypse Now“) or expressed the frustrations about Vietnam through the prism of another war, like the 1970 film “MASH,” which was set during the Korean War. Why now? Filmmakers feel many Americans are seeing a sanitized, bloodless view of the war in the mainstream media. Joe Garofoli reports.

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