FULL BATTLE
RATTLE

A FILM BY TONY GERBER AND JESSE MOSS

Full Battle Rattle is the story of a real war and a fake town. In California’s Mojave Desert, the US Army has built a “virtual Iraq” – a billion dollar urban warfare simulation – and populated it with hundreds of Iraqi role-players. Army units spend three weeks inside the simulation before deploying to Iraq. Before American soldiers are deployed to Iraq, they’re given special training at the National Training Center on the Ft. Irwin Military Reservation, located in California’s Mojave Desert. The National Training Center has constructed a simulated Iraqi village called Medina Wasl in the desert, where new soldiersbattle “insurgents” (played by returning U.S. troops) and interactwith “ordinary citizens” (many portrayed by Iraqi exiles who’ve ended up in the United States) as they learn the ins and outs ofcombat in the Middle East. Filmmakers Tony Gerber and Jesse Moss follow Lt. Col. Robert McLaughlin as he drums the art of war into his charges in Full Battle Rattle, a documentary that offers a behind-the-scenes look at Medina Wasl, the soldiers who learn there, the people who organize the war games and the people who’ve been hired to play-act at being the “enemy.” Full Battle Rattle received its world premiere as an official entry at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival. Before American soldiers aredeployed to Iraq, they’re given special training at the National Training Center on the Ft. Irwin Military Reservation, located in California’s Mojave Desert. The National Training Center has constructed a simulated Iraqi village called Medina Wasl in the desert, where new soldiers battle “insurgents” (played by returning U.S. troops) and interact with “ordinary citizens” (many portrayed by Iraqi exiles who’ve ended up in the United States) as they learn the ins and outs of combat in the Middle East. Filmmakers Tony Gerber and Jesse Moss follow Lt. Col. Robert McLaughlin as he drums the art of war into his charges in Full Battle Rattle, a documentary that offers a behind-the-scenes look at Medina Wasl, the soldiers who learn there, the people who organize the war games and the people who’ve been hired to play-act at being the “enemy.” Full Battle Rattle received its world premiere as an official entry at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival.

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