Iraq In Fragments


(out of 5)

Thrilling documentary that takes a close look at the Iraq that has been “liberated” by the American invasion. Told in three acts, it follows the lives of a fatherless boy in Baghdad struggling to choose between work and school, a group of militant extremists who target fellow Iraqis for not being anti-Western enough, and a community of Kurdish farmers grateful for a good crop and the opportunity to raise their children without threat of harm. How a documentary was made under its circumstances and managed to get so many heartfelt confessions from its subjects, photographing them with a grand beauty on par with Terrence Malick, is a marvel in itself, but the content is simultaneously compelling and entertaining as well.

USA, 2006

Directed by

Cinematography by James Longley

Produced by James Longley,

Music by James Longley

Film Editing by James Longley, ,

Film Festivals:  Sundance 2006

Cast Tags:  , , ,

Academy Award Nomination
Best Documentary (Feature) (James Longley, John Sinno)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Five Documentaries

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary (James Longley)

Toronto Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Documentary

Sundance Film Festival Awards
Directing Award-Documentary (James Longley)
Cinematography Award, Documentary
Editing Award, Documentary



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