Redacted by Brian De Palma

Director's Statement

Once again a senseless war has produced a senseless tragedy. I told this story years ago in my film “Casualties of War” (1988). The lessons from the Vietnam War have gone unheeded. But how to tell the story today And how did it all begin Last year at the Toronto Film Festival, I was approached by a representative of HDNET films who asked if I would be interested in making a film using high definition video. I said I would if I could find a subject matter that would be best explored in the medium.

Then I read about an incident in Iraq war where members of a US army squad had reportedly raped a 14 girl, slaughtered her family, shot the girl in the face and set her body on fire. How could these boys have gone so wrong In searching for the answers, I read soldier's blogs, books, watched soldier's home made war videos, surfed their web sites, and their YOUTUBE postings. It was all there, and all in video.

To redact is to edit, or prepare for publishing. Frequently, a redacted document or image, has simply had personal (or possibly actionable) information deleted or blacked out; as a consequence, redacted is often used to describe documents or images from which sensitive information has been expunged. The true story of our Iraq war has been redacted from the Main Stream Corporate Media. If we are goings to cause such disorder then we must face the horrendous images that are the consequences of these actions. Once we saw them in Vietnam our citizens protested and brought that misguided conflict to an end. Let's hope the images from this film have the same effect.