Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

BAM Features Documentary: Human Terrain

September 24, 2010

Brown Alumni Magazine (BAM) this month features Human Terrain, a documentary produced by Institute Professor James Der Derian and David Udris ’90 and Michael Udris ‘91, of Brown’s Modern Culture and Media Department.

Winner of the Audience Award at Italy’s prestigious Festival dei Popoli, Human Terrain breaks open the simmering debate over the US military’s “Human Terrain System” – a program to embed social scientists with combat troops to increase their understanding of local cultures, civilians, and fighters. The film's central character is Michael Bhatia '99, an alum, former fellow at the Watson Institute, and the first social scientist to be killed in the Human Terrain System.

“It's in the later sections of Human Terrain that Bhatia emerges as the vivid example of the complexities and tensions inherent in the debate,” according to the BAM article.

HUMAN TERRAIN Trailer from The Global Media Project on Vimeo.