Students for Peace and Justice to present documentarian Richard Rowley's film ‘Dirty Wars,’ on Oct. 21

October 14, 2013
Image Credit: IFC Films

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. —Students for Peace and Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will present documentarian Richard Rowley's film “Dirty Wars,” winner of the Sundance Film Festival Award, on Monday, Oct. 21 in UW-Platteville's Lundeen Lecture Hall, 103 Doudna Hall, at 7 p.m. The film is free and open to the public.

Students for Peace and Justice is a student organization committed to promoting understanding and awareness of local, national and global issues through exploring creative solutions. The organization currently has 33 members and is advised by Dr. David Rowley, professor of history at UW-Platteville.

In the film, investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, the most secret fighting force in United States history, exposing operations carried out by men who “do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress.” The film reveals that no target is off-limits for the JSOC “kill list,” even a U.S. citizen.

A discussion by audience members will follow the showing of the film.

“It is a very troubling and thought-provoking film,” said Liz Renning, a sophomore elementary education major and social and environmental justice minor from Hartland, Wis. at UW-Platteville and president of Students for Peace and Justice. “We want the people who watch it to have an opportunity to truly comprehend the complex meaning of the words ‘peace’ and ‘justice,’ and to look at them not as separate entities but rather as a union.”

John Le Carré, British author of espionage novels, stated that the film is “gripping, compelling and totally convincing.”

The New York Times said the film is “grimly outraged and utterly riveting” and that “America's largely clandestine war on terror is now globally entrenched. Far from ending, the film argues, the fight has spread and begun breeding an increasing hatred of the United States.”

Variety stated, “Filed from the front lines of the war on terror, documentarian Richard Rowley's astonishingly hard-hitting ‘Dirty Wars’ renders the investigative work of journalist Jeremy Scahill in the form of a '70s style conspiracy thriller” and “jaw dropping” and “has the power to pry open government lock boxes.”

Contact: Dr. David Rowley, professor of history, (608) 342-1788,

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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