Iraq in Fragments

Director: James Longley

USA/Iraq • 2006 • 94 mins

This prize-winning documentary is a genuinely awe-inspiring work of cinema verite filmmaking. Longley spent more than two years filming in Iraq, often under extraordinary duress, to create this stunningly photographed, poetically rendered vision of post-War Iraq as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. This unforgettable film opens a window on the world of the war’s casualties that is profoundly haunting and often ravishing. An opus in three parts, Iraq in Fragments offers a portrait of the different faces of war: a fatherless boy is apprenticed to the owner of a Baghdad garage; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rally for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at gunpoint; and a family of Kurdish farmers welcomes the US presence, which has allowed them freedom previously denied. Despite the disparity of the stories, the film flows with a wholeness that is both grand and intimate in scale. ‘What this movie shows, you will never see on the evening news’ – Michael Moore.
Richard Boyd-Barrett of the People Before Profit Alliance will introduce the film.
If you can’t see this, try Losers and Winners (Sat 7.00pm)

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