Nick Broomfield, the English documentarian and occasional fiction filmmaker, is the movie biz equivalent of a great tabloid editor: his work is blunt but craftily manipulative, provocative, emotionally loaded.
Whether he's profiling female serial killers (two docs on Aileen Wuornos), high-class panderers (Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam) or the travails of legendary druggy rockers (Kurt & Courtney), Broomfield surveys the landscape of scandal and sleaze with savvy intelligence and muckraking glee.
With Battle for Haditha, the director tackles the war in Iraq. Specifically, this doc-like feature presents a gritty, hypothetical reenactment of the events surrounding a 2005 roadside attack of a convoy of U.S. Marines. One Marine was killed, two others seriously wounded, and so their buddies take off into the homes along the road, retaliating in a killing spree that took the lives of 24 unarmed Iraqis - men, women, children.