The ghastly incident that consumes Brian DePalma‘s Redacted — the real-life rape and murder of a 15 year-old girl and her family by U.S. troops in Mahmudiya, Iraq, in March 2006 — “was almost the exact same incident we [dramatized] in Casualties of War,” the filmmaker has told Variety‘s Anne Thompson. “You can’t tell the insurgents from the people they’re supposed to be protecting. In Casualties of War they were abducting a farm girl. There was the usual frustration trying to tell someone about it. It was impossible to get justice. Everyone wants it covered up and forgotten. I wanted to tell that story again, about Iraq.”