Young Americans in Iraq
Gunner Palace
Review Review by Ross Anthony

Feeling rather starved for more accurate information from Iraq I looked forward to screening this little documentary. It delivered what I was looking for.

If, however, you're looking for in-the-trenches gunfights, or RPG's blasting through buildings, vehicles, people, this is not the production for you. On the other hand, if you're looking for an inside glimpse into the minds of US soldiers and how they are experiencing the war, then take a look at this video.

Us soldiers find shelter in a bombed out mansion referred to as Gunner Palace. Though some of the palace is in ruins, the pool is still quite operational. The soldiers rush out on missions, raid homes in search of vague suspicions given to them by intelligence, or circle demonstrations in Humvee's in hopes of keeping peace. They're armed and ready, and keenly aware that around each corner may be a bomb or a bullet. They're cocky and afraid at the same time, and though they seem to mask their confusion about the war and inner struggle about killing in general, some of that inner voice comes out on this documentary in their silly actions, in their rap songs, in their moments of introspection.

They're young humans put in extraordinary circumstances and this documents some of their internal struggles.

Says the director, "I walked into 'Gunner Palace' in September 2003 with a simple desire to tell the soldiers' story - what we didn't see on the news."

  • Gunner Palace. 85 mins Copyright © 2004.
  • Produced and Directed by Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker at Nomados.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

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