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Hidden Wars of Desert Storm (Gulf War analysis)
(Film/Video, Free-WillProductions, June 2001)
PAL
Narrated by John Hurt, this award winning documentary is a two year investigation into Iraq and The Gulf War. It charts the U.S. and U.K. governments' relationship with Iraq from the second World War. Essential viewing for anyone wanting to understand issues such as Oil, Weapons inspectors, Depleted Uranium, Gulf War Syndrome and why the U.S. govt. is now targeting Iraq in its War on Terrorism. (from 3.00)

On August 2nd, 1990, Saddam Hussein ordered the invasion of Kuwait, triggering the first major international crisis of the post-cold war era. But was this invasion really a surprise in the west? Were diplomatic means fully utilized to try to resolve the issue peacefully? Was there any threat from Iraq against Saudi Arabia or against any of the other Gulf states? Why wasn't Washington's rhetoric against Saddam ever matched by any real support to the Iraqi opposition groups? What purpose can the embargo over Iraq serve if it does not weaken Saddam Hussein? What are the facts behind the mysterious "Gulf War Syndrome" that goes on affecting hundreds of thousands of Gulf War veterans and local populations... and more and more of them every day?

A thorough, two-year investigation, "Hidden Wars of Desert Storm" suggests answers to all of these questions, based on documents never seen before on television and backed by interviews of such prominent personalities as Desert Storm Commander, General Norman Schwarzkopf, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, former UN Iraq Program Director Denis Halliday, former UNSCOM team-leader Scott Ritter and many others. A large selection of archival footage, moving images recently brought back from Iraq, an original soundtrack scored by composer Fritz Heede and the narration by two-time British Academy Award-winner, actor John Hurt, all contribute to making "Hidden Wars of Desert Storm" a fast-paced, informative documentary while resolutely accessible to a general audience.

"Hidden Wars" emerges as an uncommonly sober, well researched film of its type." - The New York Times

Grand-Prize winner at the 2000 Cine Eco International Film Festival in Seia, Portugal

Selected among the ten best documentaries at the 2000 Vancouver International Film Festival

Running time 1 Hour 40 Minutes