Friendly Fire: Exposing Gulf War Syndrome 2006
Distributed by Gary Null & Associates, 2307 Broadway, New York, NY 10024; 646-505-4660
Produced by Gary Null
Directed by Gary Null
DVD, color, 88 min.
Sr. High - Adult
Health Sciences, Military Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science
Date Entered: 10/12/2006Reviewed by Michael Fein, Coordinator of Library Services, Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, VA
Many veterans of both Gulf Wars have returned from service in Iraq with a variety of symptoms that have become collectively known as Gulf War Syndrome. This production’s sub-title presents Dr. Null’s thesis that Gulf War Syndrome exists, though the film presents a wide range of possible causes from chemical and biological weapons to the effects of being exposed to depleted uranium ammunition left on the ground in Iraq. Null claims the U.S. government’s negligence and malevolence is behind this illness. The film claims that tens of thousands of Gulf War vets are suffering a host of chronic illnesses as well as having children with birth defects. In addition, we are given the testimony of one (1) Iraqi doctor who claims that the depleted uranium in Iraq is causing cancers among the children of Iraq. There are also quite a large number of photos of deformed children that are meant to prove Dr. Null’s assertions. One would have to be heartless not to be moved by the images. However, Dr. Null presents only one side/aspect of this debate and there are many studies which have been done that disprove his thesis. Indeed, it seems as though everyone with some axe to grind in regards to this topic was interviewed. Again, no one is presented to offer any rebuttal to the thesis.
Technically, this is a top notch production with the video and sound being, in essence, perfect.
This production is not recommended except for those who already agree with Dr. Null.
- 2006 Indie Gathering, Best Documentary, 2nd Place