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16 April 2008 :: 16:04:36 pm 42543

Unique Film and Website Expose Bush?s Rush to War in Iraq as Conflict Enters 6th Year

LEADING TO WAR -- Available for Free Internet Viewing in 19 Languages
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LEADING TO WAR is a new documentary film that reveals the Bush administration?s 14-month campaign to persuade the public to support an invasion of Iraq. Constructed from carefully selected television news footage of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and other officials, the film is available for free viewing on the internet, subtitled in an unprecedented 19 languages. The film, along with the extensively researched website www.LeadingtoWar.com, provides a potent new resource that examines Bush?s path to war.

LEADING TO WAR, praised by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as “a staggering film,” highlights how Bush officials presented claims of imminent danger to rush the United States to war. This calculated strategy included warnings of nuclear peril and terrorists with biological weapons. Without narration or commentary, the film documents the rhetoric that roused the American people to support a military invasion, despite worldwide opposition. The film includes footage from press conferences, interviews and speeches.

Award-winning director Barry Hershey began the project in 2005. He realized that the extraordinary events that led to war could best be shown by presenting Bush officials in their own words. Reflecting new trends in media, the film is available for free download or streaming at www.LeadingtoWar.com and is subtitled in 19 languages: Arabic, Bahasa, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Traditional/Simplified), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish (Latin American/Castilian), Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

“For those not subjected to Bush?s media campaign — people in other countries, and future generations ? this footage will be especially revealing,” said Hershey. “With the perspective of history, and the compression of 14 months into a concise 72 minutes, the film provides a unique opportunity to see how a government sells a war to its people.”

LEADING TO WAR?s release coincides with the war in Iraq entering its 6th year — with violence continuing, hundreds of thousands maimed or killed, and 4 million Iraqis having fled their homes. The film and website, http://www.LeadingToWar.com, are supported on a worldwide network of 20,000 servers to provide enhanced quality for international viewers.

Filmmaker interviews: Aaron Lavallee at 301-887-1060 or aaron@kelleycampaigns.com
SOURCE: LeadingtoWar.com
CONTACT: Aaron Lavallee,
+1-301-887-1060,
aaron@kelleycampaigns.com,
for LeadingtoWar.com
Web site: http://www.LeadingtoWar.com
–Distributed by AsiaNet ( www.asianetnews.net )–

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