Director James Spione’s Oscar-nominated short documentary “Incident in New Baghdad” focuses on one of the Iraq War’s most controversial events. On July 12, 2007, two Apache helicopters opened fire on a group of people in Baghdad, killing two Reuters journalists and a number of other unarmed civilians. Nearly three years later, in April of 2010, WikiLeaks released classified footage of the incident from a gunsight camera, turning the eyes of the world toward what became known as the “Collateral Murder” video.
One of the first infantry soldiers to reach the scene on the ground, Ethan McCord, also became the only veteran willing to speak publicly about the events of that day. McCord saved two children who were caught in the fire and later became an outspoken supporter of the anti-war movement, as well as the primary subject of Spione’s documentary short. You can take a look at a clip of McCord’s description of the killings in an excerpt from the film here and, if you so choose, the actual “Collateral Murder” video here.