Iraq in Fragments
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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.
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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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.Read more ›
Special Features on disc 2:
'Sari's Mother': An Oscar Nominated Documentary Short
'Iraq Before the War'
Short Films by students from Baghdad's Independent Film and Television College
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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 Amazon Customer
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