Human Terrain: War Becomes Academic

This award-winning documentary recounts the US Military’s exploration of Human Terrain Systems, a social mechanism to understand local populations in a war zone.

In this, Bhatia, a scholar in anthropology, is embedded along with combat troops of the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan to collect information on the area’s culture, economy, etc. thus providing the operation a “more humane” face of the conflict environment.

The film shows the role of anthropologists in military operations, earning them much criticism.

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