From the co-directors of Gunner Palace comes the darkly humorous story of Fidelis Cloer, a self-confessed war profiteer. In a career spanning two decades of global turmoil, Fidelis has supplied kings, presidents and the odd dictator or two with the finest luxury armored vehicles, hand-crafted in Germany, that money can buy. In his world, where security is a commodity, violence (and better yet, war) present sales opportunities just as rain sells umbrellas.
Always with an on eye on growth opportunities, Fidelis found the perfect war when the US invaded Iraq: it wasn't about selling a dozen cars, it was about the possibility of selling thousands. But as the war evolved, and armor-defeating Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) proliferated, "survivability" became his sales pitch and Fidelis quickly found himself engaged in a pathological arms race with insurgents who upped their explosive ante to defeat his increasingly higher (and more expensive) levels of armor. In war, as in life, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
“Recommended. May even inspire business school students with its intimate portrait of a single-minded fringe character who has successfully filled an unusual (albeit unfortunate) niche.”
- P. Hall, Video Librarian
"Incisive, sharply observed." - Variety
"Engaging …amusing and clever…highly entertaining, compelling and surprisingly effective piece of work….Unexpectedly subtle and fascinating for entirely different reasons than you might think going into it."
- Leonard Pierce, Nerve
“This compelling look at how one man overcomes physical peril and ethical doubts to ply his trade will resonate with most viewers, especially those connected to or interested in the business of war.”
- Lawrence R. Maxted, Library Journal