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Waco - The Rules Of Engagement

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Description

A controversial documentary about the stand-off between an unorthodox Christian group (the Branch Davidians, under the leadership of the young, charismatic David Koresh) and the FBI and ATF in Waco, Texas from February to April 1993.

It presents a different spin on the events from that of the United States government, which stated that the Branch Davidians set the fire that destroyed their compound, and killed the vast majority of them, on April 19, 1993.

Using footage from the 51 day siege, including the congressional hearings, people involved in all aspects of the siege, and from experts - technical, psychological, and religious, the movie suggests that the Branch Davidians were not a cult, but a valid religious group practicing under First Amendment freedoms.

They fell victim to the ineptitude of an ATF raid designed to garner the agency positive attention, and the cruel, methodical work of the FBI, who over-saw the murder of the Davidians and then quickly covered it up.

Review

What happened at the Branch Davidian compound in Mt. Carmel, Texas, in 1993? Why did 4 federal agents and 86 civilians lose their lives? The powerful documentary Waco: The Rules of Engagement asks these and many other difficult questions, and the answers are deeply disturbing, even for the most cynical. Using interviews, news footage, testimony before Congress, and infrared photographic analysis, the film relentlessly chips away at the government's story that David Koresh and his followers were a dangerous cult involved in strange sex and drug practices who were preparing to slaughter their neighbors and that they immolated themselves à la Jonestown, rather than give themselves up peacefully. Nearly every element of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms' and the FBI's cover-up is exposed as fraudulent and the viewer is left wondering when, if ever, justice will finally be served. Warning: There are a few minutes of extremely graphic footage of the burnt bodies of the Davidians; though this is sickening, it seems less so than the tragic mistakes made by law enforcement officials. --Rob Lightner

Special Features:

Infrared Footage And Explanation Of The Raid
Extended 911 Calls From Branch Davidian Members During The Seige
Branch Dividian Survivors - Where Are They Now
True Stories Promo Clip
Theatrical Trailer
Release date NZ
November 1st, 2004
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Language
English
Length (Minutes)
136
Studio
Subtitles
English
Genre
  • Documentary
UPC
9322225028845
Product ID
1466887

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