Mumbai: No End In Sight will also be the first widely released feature film to screen in its entirety on YouTube starting on 1 September and continuing through the 2008 presidential election till 4 November.
The film will be available to anyone with a computer and high-speed internet connection, as well as via the YouTube service on broadband-connected TiVo Series3 or TiVo HDDVRs, which enables subscribers to watch the myriad content of YouTube on their televisions.
On film being on YouTube Film’s director Charles Ferguson said, "I wanted to make the film, and the facts about the occupation of Iraq, accessible to a larger group of people. My hope is that this will contribute to the process of making better foreign policy decisions. During this election year, it’s important to examine the leadership mentality and policies that caused Iraq to descend into such a horrific state that after 4,000 American deaths, at least a quarter million Iraqis killed, 4 million refugees, and over $2 trillion spent, Iraq remains in a state of near collapse".
In the film, high-ranking officials tasked with rebuilding Iraq, such as former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Ambassador Barbara
Bodine, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell, and General Jay Garner, who was in charge of the occupation in early 2003, recount principal errors in U.S. policy which opened the door to the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today. From insufficient troop numbers to secure the country to alienating the Iraqi people, No End In Sight details how a swift military victory descended into a quagmire.
A noted author and foreign policy expert turned first time filmmaker, Ferguson was prompted to make No End In Sight after discussing the worsening situation in Iraq with some of his foreign affairs colleagues. In Baghdad, the film world premiered at Sundance and was awarded the Special Documentary Jury Prize "in recognition of the film as timely work that clearly illuminates the misguided policy decisions that have led to the catastrophic quagmire of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq."