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In the Shadow of the Palms - Iraq (2005)

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The Internationally Multi-Award Winning Feaure In the Shadow of the Palms is the Only documentary filmed in Iraq prior to, during, and after the fall of Saddam Hussein. It documents the ... See full summary »


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The Internationally Multi-Award Winning Feaure In the Shadow of the Palms is the Only documentary filmed in Iraq prior to, during, and after the fall of Saddam Hussein. It documents the changes in Iraqi society, and the lives of ordinary Iraqis by focusing on a cross-section of individuals. The film presents audiences with a window into the everyday realities for those living through this controversial war. The film documents how life is for the society and people living under twelve years of sanctions and the regime of Saddam Hussein. When the inevitability of the US-led conflict increased and people across the globe protested the war, the filmmakers recorded the changes in the lives of the Iraqi people, focusing on a cross-section of individuals representative of the broader Iraqi community. The film follows these individuals as they prepare for the coalition war against their country and as it becomes the target for tens of thousands of coalition cruise missiles and guided bombs. ... Written by Ipso-Facto Productions

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August 2006 (USA)  »

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Na Sombra das Palmeiras do Iraque  »

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A fim of truth and a film that informs!
26 May 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Review: In the Shadow of the Palms By Jo Scott

Truth is what gives us perspective. It can be painful, reassuring and enlightening. Wayne Coles-Janess delivers the truth in its undeniable form, without biased and within a context that we have all been denied until now. We have been saturated with the Bush administrations American policy concerning the threat of Iraq, and been spoon fed a lucid justification for a war which we see is really about control rather than terrorism.

In the Shadow of the Palms (solely funded by Ipso-facto productions) presents to us a new perspective- that of the peaceful, God fearing, hard working Iraqi civilians of Baghdad before, during and after the war. A Newsagent owner, a University Professor, a Cobbler and even an Olympic Wrestling Coach lend us their lives at work and at home to show the uninformed that they live in a regular civilized society revolving around worship, family and work. They give us their views on life in Iraq before, during and after the war, clearly stating throughout the period that the war is unwanted and merely Americas attempt to "colonized" Iraq and exploit their oil resources.

The film counts down to the attacks and air raids on Iraq, however when chaos is actually unfolding in front of our eyes we question why these peaceful and innocent people are having their lives literally shattered. It is a reality we have never been encouraged to consider by our Government. The film shows life in Iraq after the war where a broken community is now monitored under the watchful eyes of America's military presence.

Coles-Janess doesn't need to say it for we can see for ourselves, that the freedom of these people is displaced and that they now live with uncertainty in destroyed country. This film makes you assess all that you have been told and led to believe in the past. It breaks down the barrier between Easteners and Westerners, which Governments all over the world have helped to create, and shows us the true victims of war – society!

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