Dirty Wars

Dirty Wars Information

Dirty Wars is a 2013 American documentary film based on the book Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill. The film is directed by Richard Rowley based on a screenplay written by Scahill and David Riker.


Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill travels to Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and other countries where the United States has taken military action. In Afghanistan, he investigates a night raid conducted by the Joint Special Operations Command. He also investigates the U.S. assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki. The documentary also shares testimonies from CIA agents, Special Forces operators, military generals, and warlords backed by the United States.


Dirty Wars premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on , 2013. The film competed in the U.S. documentary section, and it won the Cinematography award.

The film was released in four theaters in New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC on , 2013. Over the opening weekend, it grossed an estimated $66,000, a theater average of $16,500.

Critical reception

The film review website Metacritic sampled 10 critics to date and reported an aggregate score of 78 out of 100, which it said indicated "generally favorable reviews".

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