Iraq in Fragments
Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. James Longley. 2006, 94 mins. 35mm. Among the most influential and admired films of the last decade, this Academy Award-nominated film combines gripping on-the-ground war reporting with breathtaking lyricism. Iraq in Fragments is structured in three parts to reflect the religious and ideological fracturing of Iraq in the months following the U.S. invasion. The stories focus on a fatherless eleven-year-old who is apprenticed to the domineering owner of a Baghdad garage, Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rallying for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at gunpoint, and a family of Kurdish farmers who welcome the Americans. Stunningly filmed over two years by James Longley, who took home three prizes at the Sundance Film Festival, Iraq in Fragments endures as a poetic document of a country on the verge of breaking apart.
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