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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 405 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: Online See Link Below

Copyright Date: 2005
Available in French: No

Most students finish high school, and even college, without critically analyzing recent US history. With public discussion of past misadventures also lacking, how can citizens form educated opinions about today's crises? In a series of short films, DEADLY MISTAKES? looks at US interventions abroad during the second half of the 20th century: the overthrow of the government of Iran, intervention and genocide in Guatemala, the Cuban missile crisis, the Vietnam War, Somoza and the Contra War in Nicaragua, and the Cold War. It also looks at the present situation: nuclear weapons on a hair trigger, preventive war and the invasion of Iraq, and the war in Colombia. These films ask whether any or all of these events and policies are mistakes? Are they justifiable or are they crimes? What should we learn from the mistakes of the past, and how can we apply these lessons to help shape America's future? What can we do to prevent future "deadly mistakes"? The final three films look at where we go from here. They are entitled: "Mistakes or Crimes?", "Why do states pursue homicidal policies?", and "It's Your Future." Amongst those contributing to these films are Father Daniel Berrigan, Dr. Bruce Blair, General Lee Butler, Noam Chomsky, Lawrence Eagleburger, Dr. Jane Goodall, Rear Admiral Gene LaRocque, James Loewen, Ray McGovern, Robert McNamara, General Merrill McPeak, Joshua Muravchik, Ralph Nader, Grace Paley, Marcus Raskin, Admiral Stansfield Turner, Peter Weiss, Robert White, and General Charles Wilhelm.