Interview: Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, ‘Why We Fight’

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The documentary, “Why We Fight,” by Vermont filmmaker Eugene Jarecki takes as its starting point the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. “Why We Fight” is a film that explores America’s history since World war II to uncover what its director feels are the real and largely unexplored reasons about why America goes to war in places like Iraq.

The film is anchored posthumously by images of Dwight Eisenhower, the Republican president who warned more than four decades ago about the rise of what he called the military-industrial complex. “Why We Fight” won the grand jury prize at last year’s Sundance Film festival and is now showing in Burlington. Mitch Wertlieb talks with Jarecki about the film, and his strong ties to Vermont.

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