Thursday, April 19, 2007


Filmed in cinema vérité style, director James Longley's poetically rendered documentary looks at contemporary Iraq through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. The series of intimate, passionately felt portraits includes a fatherless 11-year-old apprenticed to the cruel owner of a Baghdad garage; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rallying for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at the point of a gun; and a family of Kurdish farmers who welcome the U.S. presence, which has allowed them a measure of freedom previously denied. Winner of three Documentary awards at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival (Best Director, Cinematography, Editing). Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature.

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