The Dreams of Sparrows follows first time Iraqi director Hayder Mousa Daffar and his team of contributing directors as they share their vision of life in Baghdad, post war and pre ... See full summary »
The Dreams of Sparrows follows first time Iraqi director Hayder Mousa Daffar and his team of contributing directors as they share their vision of life in Baghdad, post war and pre reconstruction. It is his attempt to reconcile the conflicting points of view among Iraqis regarding the war, Saddam Hussein and the occupation; the process of which ultimately changes him and his crew irrevocably. The Dreams of Sparrows is dedicated to Saad Fahker, Associate Producer who died during the production. In the first act we meet Hayder Jabbar, one of the several Iraqi directors chosen by Daffar to contribute to the documentary portrait. After explaining his involvement in the project, Jabbar insists on thanking his savior George Bush, who he loves. Jabbar's convictions at the beginning of the film, contrasted with the bleak and often painful subjects of interview, introduce the essential divide within Iraqi psychology that the movie follows as it develops from the aftermath of war, the capture of... Written by
Despite it's amateurish look and feel, the director showed great intelligence in the choice of interviewees and scenes. The teenager with her Michael Jackson posters, the video shop with Britney Spears posters, the hapless 20-year-old marine. The film shows the tragedy of the situation in Iraq, as well as the hope and resilience human beings have.
The film also does a very good job with breaking some stereotypes that Iraqis are being pushed into. It shows a vibrant and diverse society where you go to the writers union to drink a beer in peace with all the intellectuals and the political prisoners and it also shows how clueless the Americans are in dealing with Iraq.
The film is unresolved and undecided -- accurately reflecting Iraq's situation. It also had glimmers of hope, but it was filmed two years ago, and things have gotten worse since.
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