Iraq In Fragments (2006)

JAMES LONGLEY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5

USA, 2006.   Daylight Factory, Typecast Pictures.   Cinematography by James Longley.   Produced by James Longley, .   Music by James Longley.   Film Editing by James Longley, , .   

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.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Documentary Feature

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