Gunner Palace was an amazing documentary. I got to see a sneak screening in Chicago last week. It was spectacular, even chatted with the director about it.
The film mostly deals with a unit living in Mr Udai Hussein’s palace. He was Sadam’s son and also a wild ass party animal. He loved to live lavishly but I doubt he would appreciate the US troops keeping their boots on as they traverse his immensely cavernous lavishly styled palace.
What can I say about it? Made me laugh, made me cry. All the cliché feelings -- I had. The soundtrack throughout the movie is amazing, hip hop street verses in the middle of a war zone was a perfect match, the main characters were amazing, the movie was well edited and planned out. The only thing I didn’t like about Gunner Palace was not getting that blonds phone number who ushered me in. Otherwise I suggest everyone go see this documentary it is well worth it. And for those who avoid political films this one is far from it, hardly any politics were mentioned. This Documentary is for people who want to honestly form their own opinion about the war.
The director was asked about his access and if there was any attempt to stifle or suppress any of the video by the pentagon. His answer was a stiff “no” followed by a brief explanation on the pentagon stance, which is they have ‘none’. The military screened it in Los Angeles the day before and took no official stand. Must be good if it shut them up huh… ; )