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An opus in three parts, Iraq In Fragments offers a series of intimate, passionately-felt portraits: A fatherless 11-year-old is apprenticed to the domineering owner of a Baghdad garage; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rally for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at the point of a gun; a family of Kurdish farmers welcomes the US presence, which has allowed them a measure of freedom previously denied. American director James Longley spent more than two years filming in Iraq to create this stunningly photographed, poetically rendered documentary of the war-torn country as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds.
Winner of Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Editing awards in the 2006 Sundance Film Festival documentary competition, the film was also awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, was named Best Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2007 Academy Awards.
...a sumptuous, oblique masterpiece that defies expectations in every frame. --Time Out
Demands to be seen. . . mesmerizes with its insight and, rarer still, it's beauty. --L.A. Times
If Longley's astonishing feat of poetic agitation has a precedent in the entire history of documentary, I'm not aware of it. --The Village Voice
Iraq In Fragments paints a very honest portrait of just what went on (and, to a large extent, still goes on) in this country after America (and a very small handful of allied... Read morePublished on February 21, 2010 by Matthew G. Sherwin
Typical anti-American rant by an ungrateful nation of sheeple. Also, this is a good example of why Amazon should allow for a "0 Star" review.Published on December 25, 2008 by Score Event
This doc tells us anything at all. For example, in the second part, we see people fighting in something like a market place (is it? Read morePublished on July 13, 2008 by Bertrand Portier
"Iraq in Fragments" is a play on words. On one level, the documentary shows how fragmented the country is. Read morePublished on April 18, 2008 by Kevin Quinley