Gunner Palace: A Baghdad Musical
Check out Gunner Palace, a new documentary of American soldiers in Iraq. It's an amazing story, and trailers are on the site, easily viewed. In a nutsell,
The videos feature American solders rapping about the war; another doing a Hendrix inspired "Star Spangled Banner" on the roof of Uday Hussein's Palace. It's not really a musical, it's real and it's happening now. As a soldier says in the film, "For y'all this is just a show, but we live in this movie."
M. Tucker, the filmmaker says:
The purpose of my visit was to embed myself with a unit for as long as they would have me. Surprisingly, or perhaps not, owing to the fact that I was briefly in the military and come from a military family, I found a unit that embraced my presence. The unit, 2/3 Field Artillery aka the "Gunner" Battalion was based in Uday Hussein's Azimiya Palace-sitting in the middle of Adhamiya, the most volatile area in Baghdad.
The Palace itself, now referred to as "Gunner Palace", was a welcome retreat from the chaos of Baghdad's streets. It had a swimming pool. A putting green. It even had a stocked fishing pond. 2/3's commander, LTC Bill Rabena called it an "adult paradise". He lived in the Love Shack-a pumpkin shaped building where Uday Hussein apparently engaged in all kinds of debauchery-the LTC slept in Uday's circular bed, something right out of Austin Powers.
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