SOURCE: Inecom Entertainment Company

November 09, 2006 15:44 ET

"Blood and Oil - The Middle East in World War I" Gives Insight Into How Western Powers 90 Years Ago Still Influence the Violence We See Today in the Middle East

Is the Bush Administration Using the Wrong War Model for Quelling This Violence? DVD Worldwide Release on December 5th; Sneak Preview in Washington, DC on November 28th

PITTSBURGH, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 9, 2006 -- Inecom Entertainment Company, a producer and distributor of documentary and instructional films announced today that the worldwide release of "Blood and Oil - The Middle East in World War I" will take place on December 5, 2006. The DVD will be on sale at video stores, Internet retailers, educational and institutional distributors and large retail chains. In addition, a sneak preview of the film will take place on Tuesday, November 28th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at Busboys & Poets in Washington, DC.

Filmmaker Marty Callaghan thought it was time that a film provide more detail on the expansive and complex theater of operations that took place in the Middle East during WWI, which still influences the hatred and violence seen today.

"Blood and Oil - The Middle East in World War I" examines the devastating conflict and Western political intrigue that laid the foundation for wars, coups, revolts and military interventions in the Middle East. The effects on the Arab world have lasted for more than 85 years, and were mentioned by Osama bin Laden in his video message to the world shortly after 9/11. Click on links to learn more about Director Marty Callaghan, read the film production notes and view the trailer. Click here for Sneak Preview information.

Producer Callaghan has this to say about the U.S. Defense Department's handling of the war in Iraq, "I have been concerned about the Defense Department's use of a false model in dealing with the Middle East, a model that was forged by Western imperialism 90 years ago (Sykes-Picot). For example, as long as the U.S. sees the border of Iraq as a valid demarcation, rather than working to 'deconstruct' Sykes-Picot, it will continue to face problems with Shia, Sunni and Kurdish groups."

In past films of the Great War, primary Middle Eastern battles portrayed were the Gallipoli campaign and the exploits of T.E. Lawrence in the Arab Revolt. Over the years, filmmakers from America, England and France have been politically cautious not to provide complex details, but Callaghan names names and gives finite details on war operations in the Middle East, ranging from the Dardanelles Straits to the oil fields in Baku, on the Caspian Sea.

The battles documented -- military and political -- feature numerous, intriguing key players, and details of how France and Great Britain dominated the Middle East, dictated borders and created new nations -- driven by greed for land and oil. Without much regard for the region's history, culture, religion and ethnicity, artificial states emerged: Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia. These "nations" secured the interests of France and Great Britain, but not the interests of the Muslim inhabitants: Sunnis, Shias, Arabs and a host of others.

Callaghan's close study of this conflict provides two important lessons:

1. The Treaty of Versailles, agreed to by the Western Powers in 1919, paved the way for military and political chaos in the Middle East, which continues to this very day.

2. Oil reserves in the Middle East became an important strategic concern for Western Powers, helping to justify their economic, diplomatic and military interference in the region.

Written and produced by Marty Callaghan ("Archives of War," "Remember Pearl Harbor: America Taken by Surprise"), and distributed by Inecom Entertainment, this feature-length documentary film follows conflict from the Ottoman Empire's entry into the Great War in October 1914 to the Allied victory and declaration of the new Turkish Republic in 1923, and the hostilities that have plagued the region since. The 112-minute DVD also features extended expert commentary. Worldwide release: Tuesday, Dec. 5th.

About Inecom Entertainment Company

Inecom Entertainment Company ( finances and distributes independent films by partnering with innovative producers and enlisting celebrated talent such as Ronald F. Maxwell, Richard Dreyfuss, Keith Carradine, David Carradine, Hal Holbrook and Gene Wilder.

Since 2001, Inecom has released nine feature documentaries and multiple instructional films for USA and international distribution including "EXPO - Magic of the White City" narrated by Gene Wilder, "Gettysburg and Stories of Valor" narrated by Keith Carradine, "Johnstown Flood" narrated by Richard Dreyfuss, and "Horses of Gettysburg" and "Lincoln and Lee at Antietam - The Cost of Freedom" narrated by Ronald F. Maxwell. Inecom's upcoming productions include "Silent Wings - American Glider Pilots of World War II" narrated by Hal Holbrook, "World War 1 - American Legacy" narrated by David Carradine, "The Clara Barton Story" and "Winters of War."

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