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Hidden Wars of Desert Storm
Hidden Wars of Desert Storm


Audrey Brohy & Gerard Ungerman


60 minutes

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

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

On August 2nd, 1990, Saddam Hussein launched his troops against Kuwait, triggering the first major international crisis of the post-Soviet Union era. But was this invasion a surprise in the first place? Were all diplomatic means 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? Since they failed to weaken Saddam Hussein's power, what were the actual results of the U.S. sanctions against Iraq? What is true behind the mysterious "Gulf War Syndrome" that goes on affecting hundreds of thousands of Gulf War veterans and local Iraqi populations?

A two-year investigation, Hidden Wars Of Desert Storm brings answers to all of these questions, based on documents never before seen on television and backed by interviews of such prominent personalities as Desert Storm Commander General Norman Schwarzkopf, former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, former U.N. Iraq Program Director Denis Halliday, former UNSCOM team-leader Scott Ritter and many others. This careful study of the events leading up to and during the first Gulf War in Iraq provide a fascinating and disturbing historical context for the current U.S. involvement in the region.

A large selection of archival footage, an original soundtrack by acclaimed composer Fritz Heede and narration by two-time British Academy Award-winner John Hurt all contribute to making Hidden Wars Of Desert Storm a fast-paced, informative documentary that is resolutely accessible to a general audience.

This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.

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