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I know it's a bit late in the game, but tonight's the last night The War Tapes will be playing at the Nuart theater in West L.A. Of the recent spate of Iraqi war documentaries, The War Tapes is one of the best. In what may be the most documented war in history, filmmaker Deborah Scranton took the concept of embedded to a whole new level by giving the means of production to the soldiers themselves.

She handed out camcorders to troops in the New Hampshire National Guard. During their one-year tour of duty in Iraq they shot as much or as little as they wanted and sent the tapes back to Scranton. She worked with editor Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Stevie) to shape the 800 hundred hours of footage into a feature-length documentary. The result is a film that is raw, violent and painful but also funny, touching and very complex. And according to Scranton, the U.S. Army censored almost nothing. Whatever your opinion on the Iraq War, this is a film worth seeing.