Award-Winning 'Why We Fight' to Show Tuesday at the Murphy Theatre

Film Is Precursor to Annual Westheimer Peace Symposium

October 11, 2012

The showing of the documentary film Why We Fight Tuesday evening (Oct. 16) seeks to help provide a backdrop for the next day’s 22nd Westheimer Peace Symposium at Wilmington College.

Director Eugene Jarecki’s award-winning film on how the United States has readied itself for war will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Murphy Theatre in downtown Wilmington. Admission is $5 ($2 with a WC student ID) at the door.

Why We Fight features interviews with foot soldiers, Army recruits, Pentagon personnel, decorated veterans, members of Congress, national security advisors, top military strategists, and many more as they talk about the core philosophies of American military strategy and how they have changed since the end of the Second World War.

Why We Fight describes the rise and maintenance of the United States military–industrial complex and its 50-year involvement with the wars led by the United States to date, especially its 2003 invasion of Iraq.
The Sundance Film Festival awarded the film its Grand Jury Prize in 2005.

At Wednesday’s (Oct. 17) Westheimer Peace Symposium, presenters will address the theme, “Veterans Speak: The Reality on the Ground.”

Featured will be Lt. Col. Danny Davis, the most prominent active-duty service member to question the war in Afghanistan, speaking on “National Defense and the Cost of War: Some Bills Aren’t Paid in Dollars” at 10 a.m.; a panel of former military personnel that served in Iran and Afghanistan, “Three Lives, Three Stories,” at 1:15 p.m.; the Wilmington College Chorale, “Building Bridges,” at 2:45 p.m.; the showing of the film, The Tillman Story, 3:45 p.m.; and Karl Marlantes, the bestselling author of What It Is Like to Go to War, will speak on “Combat and the Spiritual” at 7:30 p.m.

All Westheimer Peace Symposium presentations taking place at the College are free of charge and will be held at Hugh G. Heiland Theatre in the Oscar Boyd Cultural Arts Center.