Documentarian Michael Tucker made two trips to Baghdad, where he stayed with U.S. troops in a bombed-out former residence of Uday Hussein's that had been converted into a barracks and renamed Gunner Palace. As we vicariously tag along with Tucker on midnight raids of suspected terrorist households, watch soldiers look after abandoned war orphans, see them train Iraqi civil-defense forces, and hold up traffic while they check for explosive devices, you may wonder: Why don't we see this kind of thing on the news every night? Undoubtedly military censorship comes into play, but probably more so it's the prevailing notion that talking-head shoutfests stacked with pundits bring in the ratings, while actual field reporting costs more money. It'll be an interesting world if we have to start depending on movies for the real story.
Director: Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein
Producer: Petra Epperlein