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  • Actors: Documentary
  • Directors: James Longley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Arabic
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Typecast Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: February 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GLLNFI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

Review

...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

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mattole on July 1, 2007
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Eric is right - if you want to see an action-packed, fast-moving film about people who think and act in familiar and yet highly exciting and entertaining ways, then this is probably not the film for you. However if you want to treat yourself to a gorgeous, subtle and masterfully-rendered portrait of Iraqi life under occupation, then I highly recommend this film. As a 28-year veteran of the documentary world and a former director for National Geographic I can wholeheartedly say that this is one of the finest documentaries I have ever seen. The cinematography, music, editing and sound design are superb. The character development is deep and nuanced. I learned a great deal by watching this film, both about Iraqi culture and about the art of filmmaking. May the director James Longley live long, and may he gift us with many more of his films!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sean Flynn on June 26, 2007
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I have to wholeheartedly disagree with the assessment of Eric C. posted below. As a documentary filmmaker myself, I believe Iraq in Fragments is one of the great achievements of non-fiction filmmaking in the last 10 years. James Longley's poetic and visually ravishing film accomplishes in 94 short minutes what 4 years of mainstream journalism have scarcely been able to -- it provides us a rare glimpse into the lives (and perhaps more importantly, minds) of ordinary Iraqis. But it is not merely a work of observational humanism. Through these characters' eyes, the film almost prophetically reveals the larger forces at play as Iraqi society begins to tear apart at the seams following the U.S. invasion -- all without ever becoming overtly political. Though Iraq in Fragments had a great festival run, has received nearly unanimous critical praise, and was nominated for an Oscar, relatively few people had the privilege to see it in the theater, and I hope that will be corrected by this DVD release.
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Iraq in Fragments accurately describes not only the moving documentary by James Longley, but also the current political and social situation in the middle eastern country. Presented in three parts - Sunni, Shia, and Kurdish - Iraq in Fragments is a documentary set apart from the rest. Winning Best Documentary Cinematography, Best Documentary Editing, and Best Documentary Director at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Iraq in Fragments has the official Sundance sanction of being a little better made than the rest of the current documentaries about the war-torn country of Iraq.

Presenting Iraqis in a very human and unbiased way, Iraq in Fragments starts out with the intense portrait of a young Sunni boy named Mohammed who has been "adopted" by a garage owner who mistreats, verbally abuses, and mocks the poor child. His life is examined in detail as he goes from work to school and back again. Listening to the older Sunni men discuss the American occupation around the back door of the garage is akin to listening to American men discuss the war on a back porch next to a barbeque pit. Their opinions may simply be their opinions but they are given ample time to discuss them and the audience is given ample opportunity to digest them.

Part two is devoted to the examination of Shia Sadr followers in two cities as they prepare for elections. An extremely intimate portrayal of Shia "death squads", as they have been called in the American news, shows the Iraqi police as they arrest men for allegedly selling alcohol in a town market. How Longley managed to get the footage he has is anybody's guess. Risking life and limb for the proper shots, Longley is able to present an Iraq few may have ever seen, though several non-fiction books have mentioned the circumstances portrayed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Thornton on July 19, 2007
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"Iraq in Fragments" reflects the lives of ordinary Iraqis, their misery, hope, anger, joy, and desperation. It is divided into three parts, following at first a young apprentice in Baghdad, a Shia cleric in Sadr city, and a young brick maker in Kurdistan. The cinematography is stunning, and Longley deserves the accolades for achieving such art on a solo project. Each sequence is beautifully shot and intelligently edited, capturing with uncommon clarity the prismatic complexity and depth of this world to which so few care to listen. "Iraq in Fragments" does not impose political ideology, economic theory, or any other arm-chair speculation. It is a portrait of human beings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Autrey on September 23, 2012
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Good Oscar Nominated Documentary about their lives and the real everyday living in Iraq.

Special Features on disc 2:
'Sari's Mother': An Oscar Nominated Documentary Short
'Iraq Before the War'
Director Interview
Short Films by students from Baghdad's Independent Film and Television College

BE AWARE BEFORE YOU BUY THIS. Check with the seller first. Most of the dvds that the sellers are shipping out is the 1-disc version.

This 2-disc dvd set has been discontinued. The picture on the cover art shows "the sky with black smoke".
The 1-disc dvd set is pictured with "a boy standing in his village looking at the camera with a building up in flames with black smoke going up in the sky". The 1-disc set doesn't include the special features that are on the second disc of the 2-disc set.

Most of the dvds that the sellers are shipping out is the 1-disc version. They listed their dvds under the wrong listing.
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