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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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This film takes you to the streets of Iraq, and I guarantee you won't be able to leave it behind you once you leave the cinema.
26 April 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This film will transport you to another world.

Set in Iraq in the lead up to and during the occupation, the documentary maker has stepped away from reporters who prefer to camouflage with the military, and into the homes of Iraqi families. Without saying a word (the film has no voice-over, the only dialogue comes from the Iraqi people themselves) the film eloquently puts across its powerful message. It is impossible to walk out of the cinema and feel distanced from the conflict – universal themes are artfully selected to bring it close to home – a birthday party, children riding their bikes in the streets, openly affectionate families and the easy camaraderie of old friends.

Watching the film today with the dubious benefit of hindsight lends an eerie tension to the production – there is a strong sense that these intimate moments are all the more precious because they have been filmed on borrowed time.

Against the background of a seemingly inevitable conflict, this film captures the day to day lives of people who still have dreams for their children and are hopeful for the future. It is an eye opener and a must see for anyone interested in gaining a humanistic perspective into a conflict that has become a media juggernaught. This film takes you to the streets of Iraq, and I guarantee you won't be able to leave it behind you once you leave the cinema.


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