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Nice Bombs

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In Nice Bombs, filmmaker Usama Alshaibi returns to Baghdad to reunite with his family after nearly 24 years. This documentary navigates through his unique relationship to an Iraq that is much different than the country of his childhood.Usama captures the conflicting reactions to the conditions of life in Baghdad. Through a wide range of opinions and experiences he provides a broad panorama of voices long neglected under Saddam's regime.With humor and resilience Nice Bombs explores Usama's dual role as both Iraqi and American.

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  • Actors: Usama Alshaibi, Kristie Alshaibi, Hameed Alshaibi, Tareef Alshaibi
  • Directors: Usama Alshaibi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Ryko Video -DVD
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,022 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By strepsata on July 1, 2010
Format: DVD
"Disarmingly casual, seemingly artless "personal diary" docu "Nice Bombs" makes decidedly sophisticated use of home-movie aesthetics in its exploration of Iraq at the onset of the American Occupation as Baghdad-born, experimental filmmaker Usama Alshaibi, accompanied by his Kansas-bred blond wife and his estranged father, returns to the country and the extended family he hasn't seen for 24 years. Opening July 11 at Gotham's Pioneer Two-Boots, thoroughly engaging docu, exec produced by Studs Terkel, inserts snapshots of an unfamiliar country in violent transition within the entirely recognizable context of a normal, if long-delayed visit home.
Docu offers a uniquely time-layered vision of the war: Shot in January of 2004 when the ramifications of the American-led intrusion were as yet ambiguous, the film was edited, with an audio coda, two long years later.

Unlike later-shot docus -- such "Postcards From Tora Bora" -- which stress a country utterly unrecognizable to the returnee, Alshaibi comes back to a still functional everyday reality unknowingly teetering on the brink of extinction. He resorts to few "artfully" composed shots of in-your-face signs of occupation, instead allowing small erosions of normality to build up through time.

Alshaibi's warmly welcoming relatives talk to him about the fall of Saddam and about the American occupation without hesitation or fear. This highly educated, cosmopolitan family often speaks English, maybe for the sake of Alshaibi's rusty Arabic or to include his spouse/producer Kristie in the conversation, or perhaps in recognition of the camera's ongoing recording. These dialogues appear casual, even desultory, arising organically rather than seeming imposed from without.
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