I received a very nice note tonight from the rising journalist Murtaza Hussain, who writes for The Intercept, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, as well as The New York Times.
He often writes about human rights issue, and you can find a collection of his articles here:
Murtaza said that he watched My Stretch of Texas Ground, that he enjoyed it, and he thinks it is a great film. And I very much appreciate that, coming from him.
I am well aware that the film is very polarizing. It has a strong message, which includes accusing the U.S. of war crimes and atrocities in its post-9/11 wars, but it's not just that. It's not just that they repeatedly killed innocents, including women and children, in situations in which they knew very well beforehand that women and children would be there. Women and children eat in restaurants, right? Women and children attend wedding parties, don't they? But beyond that, it says that the very launching of the wars was criminal and atrocious. And the plain and simple truth is: nobody has a right to start a war. Period. If there is no war, and you start one, then you are a monster. And I don't give a frying fruck what reasons you have to cross the ocean and attack some country. Whatever reasons you have, they aren't valid because they are never valid. War is the worst thing there is, and no one should ever start one.
Now, not everybody likes that message, and the people who don't, will watch my film, not to enjoy it or even to experience it, but rather, to attack it. But remember what V told us, that ideas are bulletproof. And the idea behind my film makes it bulletproof. It stands alone. There is nothing else like it. It's in its own individual genre. And everything it says about the wars is true and beyond dispute. Nobody can touch it that way. And there are people watching it now for the sheer novelty of it, because it is so unusual, so unexpected, and so lacking in peers or comps. It is truly one of a kind.