With Changing Congress, What Happens to Anti-Bush Docs?

Variety’s Gabriel Snyder looks at what will happen to the slew of documentaries/exposes on the war in Iraq now that the Democrats will control Congress. Will they lose their sense of urgency? One in particular, Robert Greenwald’s “Iraq for Sale,” was released just before the election and looks at war profiteering, a topic sure to be the subject of congressional hearings with new Democratic committee chairs. Greenwald says that it will still resonate because “action still needs to be taken.”

More likely is that the nature of the material will change, especially if Bush takes some dramatic new course to curb the sectarian violence there.

On the feature side, Iraq is at the center of a handful of productions set to be released over the next year. Irwin Winkler releases the coming-home-from Iraq pic “Home of the Brave” next month, and Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”) wrapped production several weeks ago on her pic, “Stop-Loss,” about a soldier who refuses to return to Iraq after a tour of duty there. Contrast that to Vietnam, which studios largely shunned until several years after the war ended with “Coming Home,” “The Deer Hunter” and “Apocolypse Now.”

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