About Shadow Company
In the late 20th Century the distinction between soldier and mercenary became blurred. The recent use of private military companies (PMCs) in Iraq has been more extensive than at any time in modern history. The brutal killing of four PMC employees in Fallujah in April 2004 made it clear that these “contractors” are not merely workers in a foreign land. But are the lives of such men the only thing at risk when we privatize warfare?
Shadow Company explores the moral and ethical issues private military solutions create for PMC employees, for the Western governments who foot the bill for their salaries, and for everyday citizens like you. The filmmakers traveled the globe to expose all sides of the issue, interviewing PMC staff, owners and lobbyists, former mercenaries, academics, journalists and top authors. So what is really at risk? See Shadow Company and decide for yourself.
What Others are Saying
"Takes a thorough and balanced look at the use of private security forces in Iraq and raises serious policy questions,"
U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA)
“Great job. Covers a controversial issue in an evenhanded fashion.”
Colonel Thomas X. Hammes, USMC (retired)
"Shadow Company is a must-see film for anyone who is concerned about our military and our security being privatized."
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
”In addition to being extremely well-executed, I thought its even-handed tone was particularly sophisticated - encouraging an audience to consider the complexity of the issue, rather than the more exploitative depictions with which the subject is usually treated”
Director Ed Zwick - Director of The Last Samurai and the soon to be release Blood Diamond
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