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People in Iraq have a way to express themselves.
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Filmed and directed by the Iraqis themselves -- thousands of them, from all walks of life, all over their country... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 
People of Iraq ... Themselves

Directed by
People of Iraq 
Martin Kunert (uncredited)
 
Produced by
Archie Drury .... co-producer
Martin Kunert .... co-producer
Eric Manes .... producer
John Robison .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Euphrates 
 
Cinematography by
People of Iraq 
 
Film Editing by
Martin Kunert 
Stephen Mark 
Robin Russell 
 
Production Management
Fareed Elcott .... post-production supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Rachel Gandin .... assistant editor
Yasmine Hanani .... first assistant editor (as Yasmine Hannaney)
Hesham Issawi .... assistant editor
Yousef Shehandah .... assistant editor (as Yousef Shehadeh)
Walid Younes .... assistant editor
Ranj S. Zuhdi .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Sharon Capella .... insurance
Rachel Gandin .... translator
Yasmine Hanani .... translator: Arabic to English (as Yasmine Hannaney)
Hesham Issawi .... translator
Nicole Jelovic .... assistant to producer
Kevin Lacava .... electronic press kit
Kellie Lowry .... insurance
Yousef Shehandah .... translator (as Yousef Shehadeh)
Jesse Thompson .... assistant to producers
Thom Whitehead .... DV to HD blow up
Karen Wynn .... insurance
Walid Younes .... translator
Ranj S. Zuhdi .... translator
 
Thanks
Kasim Abid .... special thanks
Omar Albagadh .... special thanks
Said Ayad Jamal Aldeen .... special thanks (as Sheikh Said Ayad Jamal Aldeen)
Salih Alkhobaze .... special thanks (as Sheikh Salih Alkhobaze)
Azzam Alwash .... special thanks
Suzie Alwash .... special thanks
Nyma Ardalan .... special thanks
Peter Chelkowski .... special thanks
Matt Cooper .... special thanks
Mustafa Al Kadhimiya .... special thanks
Dante Kunert .... special thanks
Kanan Makiya .... special thanks
Nana Margaret .... special thanks
Ray Mashiah .... special thanks
Sadi Othman .... special thanks
Maysoon Pachachi .... special thanks
Hamid Shurifi .... special thanks (as Dr. Hamid Shurifi)
Lucas Spalding .... special thanks
Rob Stone .... special thanks
Alan Zangana .... special thanks
 

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Interesting but slanted, 12 February 2005
Author: KelsoKing from United States

I had never been motivated to submit a comment before seeing this film and reading the IMDb comments about it. The movie portrayed such a different attitude within Iraq than I expected that I could hardly wait to see what others had to say about it. The first thing I noticed in reading the comments was how some used their "comment" as a forum to attack "the left" rather than discuss the merits of the film. Those from the left suggested that this film may only show one side of the story.

Sitting here in the USA, I have been frustrated by being unable to know what the real story is inside Iraq, so I was anxious to see this film. As others have said, it is definitely worth watching. It is an intimate, revealing and touching portrait of Iraqis and what it is like to live in Iraq. However, as I watched the film I couldn't help wondering who had made it and how accurate it is.

While it is suggested or implied that all of the footage contained in the film was shot by private Iraqi citizens, this is not actually the case. The film also includes archival footage of torture and genocide perpetrated by Saddam Hussein and his regime. In addition, newspaper headlines are shown at different times during the film that appear to be designed to show how different the newspaper accounts were from what the film is showing. I'm not saying that any of this was inaccurate but it added subjectivity to the film that went beyond Iraqis expressing their views "in their own words" and "telling their own story" as the promo material suggests. To me this "editorializing" suggested and revealed a specific bias in the film.

Furthermore, promotional material for the film states that "the producers of Voices of Iraq distributed over 150 digital video cameras across the entire country to enable everyday people - mothers, children, teachers, sheiks and even insurgents - to document their lives and their hopes amidst the upheaval of a nation being born." This is not really accurate. While the film does contain video footage of mothers, children, teachers and sheiks that was shot for the film, as stated, the video footage of "insurgents" was not shot for the film but shot by the insurgents themselves for their own purposes, whatever those may have been. Furthermore, the insurgent footage was not an interview at all but rather footage only of someone's hands wiring a bomb. Contrary to what was advertised, no information or opinion from the insurgent perspective was included in the film at all. Regardless of whether it is right or wrong, this is a significant perspective but one that was not addressed in the film and is not often addressed in Western media.

All in all, I thought the movie was interesting and informative but couldn't help wondering what was contained in the 400 hours of footage that were left on the cutting room floor. As someone else said, I suggest that you watch the movie, do your own research and draw your own conclusions. For a different perspective on this situation watch "Control Room."

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