Battle for Haditha, (15)

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Nick Broomfield's docudrama about the aftermath of a roadside bomb two years ago in Haditha, Iraq's "city of death", is a notable addition to the evidence of American war crimes. Filming in Jordan and using ex-marines for his cast, Broomfield focuses on individuals from either side of the conflict, a troubled corporal (Elliot Ruiz) and an Iraqi woman caught up in the violent house-searches.

The script is occasionally didactic and clumsy, though the close-quarter filming and the impression of marines as young men bereft of discipline, leadership and moral discrimination are powerfully realised.

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