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In the Shadow of the Palms - Iraq (2005)

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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Exceptional insight into the plight of the Iraqi people
8 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is a movie that everyone should see, especially in England and the USA. After watching this you cannot help but be moved by the realisation of what is happening to ordinary Iraqis, it's a total disgrace. If, like me, you couldn't quite connect on an emotional humanitarian level with what is happening there, because of the spin given to the conflict by western media, this will certainly change that.

The documentary captures life for civilians in Iraq before, during and after the initial invasion by coalition forces. You see that these are real people out there, just trying to make a living and get on with raising their families and supporting their communities. You understand how they will not be prepared to have their own lives turned upside down and taken over by foreign powers.

This is a remarkable piece of film making, not only because it is the only footage I have seen that shows the reality of war for Iraqis, and because it is so well shot and put together. Well done Wayne Coles-Janess .


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