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Meeting Resistance (2006)

Steve Connors , Molly Bingham  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Steve Connors, Molly Bingham
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Full Screen
  • Language: Arabic
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014T8CDS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,020 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A rare glimpse into the hearts and minds of those who have dedicated themselves to ridding Iraq of its invaders. --Ronnie Scheib, Variety

Sometimes a film serves as a potent weapon of endangered truth, dispelling official lies and giving voice to those whose collective pain has been silenced. Meeting Resistance is that film and more, an act of resistance in its own right to the US war on Iraq. --Prarie Miller, BAI Radio

The film gave me a perspective I rarely see - the Iraqi side of things. They're normal people who are p---ed off because we're here and we're not welcome. --Sgt. Mike Kelley, 3rd Infantry Division

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{WINNER! Best documentary, 2008 MVV Festival}

{WINNER! Golden Award, 2007 Al Jazeera Int'l Documentary Film Festival}

{WINNER! Best of the West, 2007 Hawaii Int'l Film Festival}

{WINNER! Best Documentary: Courage in Filmmaking award, Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2007}

Meeting Resistance is a daring, eye-opening film that raises the veil of anonymity surrounding the Iraq's insurgency by meeting face to face with individuals who are passionately engaged in the struggle against coalition forces. It documents for the first time the sentiments experienced and actions taken by a nation's citizens when their homeland is occupied. with unique insight into the people involved in the resistance, this acclaimed film explodes myth after myth about the war in Iraq and the Iraqis who participate. Voices which have been previously unheard - both males and female - speak candidly about their motivations, hopes and goals, revealing a kaliedoscope of human perspectives. Through its unprecedented access to insurgent and clandestine groups, Meeting Resistance is the missing puzzle piece in understanding the Iraq war- not only the toll of our occupatiion but the mindset behind those who resist.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Educator's Delight July 30, 2008
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You want something to challenge and jolt your students concerning the Iraq War? This intriguing film provides gritty fodder that will make every American ask questions about our continued presence in Iraq, our military and non-military strategies and the nature of an urban war.
What I like best is that the film tells its story mostly through interviews with Iraqis from all strata of society, most of whom are "insurgents". So when you hear a teacher, housewife or kid talk about their reasons for fighting, it strikes home more than listening to a politician or a general. It occurred to me that you could apply these commoners' words to about any war in a country that was occupied by an outside force. So I can imagine some citizens of ancient Syria talking about their Roman rulers and why they wish they would leave.
I found it fairly non-judgemental which makes it a good fit for a high school or college classroom (maybe some middle school level). Of course, whenever you point a camera and edit, you are deciding what the viewer sees. And what the viewer sees is riveting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the thick of the resistance August 3, 2009
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This film goes right into the thick of the resistance. You don't get politicians or media spinning the resistance, you get the people actually fighting telling you why they fight. These people are fighting for their country, not simply to kill for the fun of it as the media would like you to believe. If you wanted to know about the resistance in a more in depth way and wanted to see the action and hear the explanations on why they fight, then this brilliant documentary is for you.
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These Iraqi men and woman ask "what would Americans do if an Iraqi Army rolled down their streets and stayed under the guise of protecting Americans from themselves?" Answer: Americans would fight the Iraqi just as Iraqis are fighting Americans. An occupying force is just that.

This film says 85% are fighting because of religion-Islamic religion and not from any government party affiliation. Americans are infidels-dirty/unclean occupying their lands. Yet, Americans are told we are in Iraq and now Afghanistan spreading "democracy". The whole Middle East is run as theocracies and dictatorships - NOT DEMOCRACIES whether Americans are there or not. Women and children are treated like dirt whether we are there are not. You are right. It is NOT our job to bring you a "democracy" as Muslims want to be under Sharia law.

These filmed people claim Americans and Israel are blowing up buildings and Muslim people and it is not Muslim people blowing them up. Yet this film shows Muslims blowing up Americans and Muslims who cooperate with Americans. They admit on film to warning children and people to stay away from tanks and Americans as they are potential targets. They admit to detonating bombs by remote control killing Americans rolling by and any innocent bystanders nearby. The women admit to hiding/transporting weapons within the folds of their abayas. Yet these filmed Iraqis claim to strike/kill and immediately run get angry at the attacked American soldiers who must stay in place to protect their injured/dead for firing upon the gathering crowd around them after the attack.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Religion of peace, or of war ? October 15, 2009
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I rewrote my review, because the first version was notes I just took while watching this movie.

Here are some of my thoughts on this movie:

- Islam to me seems like a world out of the 7th century, as portrayed in this documentary. The notion of dying for God by killing enemies is something we in the West have not seen since 1648. The notion of fighting for the land because an "infidel" has "defiled" it, is quite an archaic notion, and one that we don't understand fully in the West. And yet, this is what, based on this documentary, motivates the average Iraqi "resistance" fighter (I prefer the term "religious terrorist"). We keep hearing in the West and in our media that "Islam is a religion of peace". And yet, when you let the cameras roll and just interview Muslims, you get a very different picture of a religion positively that loves warfare and killing. We constantly see and hear Islam conflated with this "fight" against the Americans. So Islam really is not a religion of peace, at least based on what the people in this documentary actually say.

Indeed, this documentary propagates the myth that "resistance" is created by American "imperialism", or at least, by the occupation of a country like Iraq. The Western mind (and particularly the secular "progressive" mind has a very hard time grasping the fact that for instance, Sunnis are motived by a 500-year old grudge against the Shiites. They really don't believe this, so they interpret the violence as being about Israel and the U.S. The fact is that conflict has been going on INSIDE Islam for about 1300 years, and won't stop soon. For instance, Saladin, the legendary Muslim hero, fought more against fellow Muslims, than he did against western crusaders. His battle was to purge Sunni Islam of "impure" elements.
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