By Enrico PARENTI, Thomas FAZI


Documentary - Completed 2010

STANDING ARMY is an investigative documentary that looks at the history and reality of US military bases around the world.

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • ITALY
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 74 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Enrico PARENTI, Thomas FAZI
    • Writer(s)
    • Enrico PARENTI, Thomas FAZI
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • "Over the course of the last century, the US has encircled the world with a web of military bases unlike any other in history. Today, they amount to more than 700, in 40 countries. No continent is spared. They are one the most powerful forces at play in the world today, yet one of the less talked-about.
      They have shaped the lives of millions, yet remain a mystery to most. Why do countries like Germany, Italy and Japan still host hundreds of US military bases and thousands of US soldiers?
      And why is the US aggressively expanding in many new countries?
      How do the bases affect local populations, and what stance has president Obama taken on this controversial subject?
      This documentary film answers these and other questions both through the words of prominent experts, intellectuals and ex-insiders – Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Chalmers Johnson and others – and through the shocking but often inspiring stories of those directly affected by US bases in Italy, Japan, the Indian Ocean and elsewhere."
      A blend of stories, history and reflections.
      A journey across six countries and three continents: Asia, America and Europe.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jan 01, 2008