Garrett Scott, Ian Olds
A surprisingly candid profi le of an eight-man squad from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq, during January 2004, just before the "city of mosques" exploded into violence last April. The soldiers rout ramshackle houses in search of hidden weapons, wake hollow-eyed women and children, apprehend the occasional detainee, and shoot the shit: about home, about their lives before enlistment, about why they joined the Army and about what the hell they're doing in the desert on the other side of the world at the base they call Dreamland. There's documentary gold inside: footage of an appalling reenlistment hard-sell, arguments about politics erupting between the men, Iraqi civilians literally seizing the camera and pleading for an audience. It's a harrowing, intimate inside view of the front lines.