XXI Century: blood and oil

As the war against Iraq was approaching, many international organizations were working to identify and anticipate the effects of this new conflict on the civilian population and economy of Iraq. Interviews with Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War present us with possible scenarios for the conduct and repercussions of the current war. What is the price, and who will pay it?

Part 6 of 'XXI CENTURY' also looks at the damage done to the UN, the refusal of the US to join the International Criminal Court, to be bound by any international standards. It looks at the justification for war, namely weapons of mass destruction. Former weapons inspector Scott Ritter demolishes that argument. So what are we fighting for? Howard Zinn points out that the central feature of US policy in the Middle East is our need for a dependable supply of oil. It alone can explain our actions from the overthrow of the Mossadegh regime in Iran in 1956 to the first Gulf War in 1991, even to our attempt to oust Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.

Helping us deconstruct US foreign policy are Gore Vidal, Roger Normand of the Center for Economic and Social Rights, Jose Alvarez of Columbia Law School, investigative journalist Greg Palast, and historian Arno Mayer.

'An exceptionally well done panorama of significant political events surrounding September 11th, 2001 and the American Empire.' Willliam Blum

'Highly revealing! A documentary which celebrates the peace movement while fueling your rage to danger levels.' Red Pepper


Main credits

Zamparini, Gabriele (film director)
Zamparini, Gabriele (film producer)
Zamparini, Gabriele (screenwriter)
Zamparini, Gabriele (director of photography)
Meccoli, Lorenzo (film producer)
Meccoli, Lorenzo (screenwriter)
Meccoli, Lorenzo (director of photography)
Meccoli, Lorenzo (editor of moving image work)
De Grazia, Victoria (on-screen participant)
Palast, Greg (on-screen participant)
Sidel, Victor W. (on-screen participant)
Normand, Roger (on-screen participant)
Solomon, Norman (on-screen participant)
Alvarez, Jose (on-screen participant)
Goering, Curt (on-screen participant)
Cline, David (on-screen participant)
Tutu, Desmond (on-screen participant)
Chomsky, Noam (on-screen participant)
White, Edmund (on-screen participant)
Vidal, Gore (on-screen participant)
Brody, Reed (on-screen participant)
Ritter, Scott (on-screen participant)
Zinn, Howard (on-screen participant)
Mayer, Arno J. (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Editor, Lorenzo Meccoli [and 5 others]; camera, lighting, and sound, Lorenzo Meccoli, Gabriele Zamparini.

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Distributor subjects

American Democracy
American Studies
Civil Liberties
Conflict Resolution
Foreign Policy, US
Global Issues
Human Rights
International Studies
Media Studies
Middle East Studies
Social Justice
United Nations
War and Peace


Iraq war, civilian population, economy of Iraq, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, UN, International Criminal Court, justification for war, weapons of mass destruction, WMD, Scott Ritter, Howard Zinn, US policy in the Middle East, oil, Mossadegh, Iran, first Gulf war, 1991, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela, Gore Vidal, Roger Normand, Jose Alvarez, Greg Palast, Arno Mayer; "blood and oil"; Bullfrog Films

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