Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
USA, 2006. Daylight Factory, Typecast Pictures. Cinematography by James Longley. Produced by James Longley, John Sinno. Music by James Longley. Film Editing by James Longley, Billy McMillin, Fiona Otway. Academy Awards 2006. Gotham Awards 2006. National Board of Review Awards 2006.
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.