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Baghdad ER (2006)

TV-MA | | Documentary | TV Movie 21 May 2006
Winner of four Emmy(R) Awards, including Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming (Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill)! The 86th Combat Support Hospital (CSH)--the U.S. Army's premier ... See full summary »
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Winner of four Emmy(R) Awards, including Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming (Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill)! The 86th Combat Support Hospital (CSH)--the U.S. Army's premier medical facility in Iraq and formerly one of Saddam Hussein's elite hospitals--is the setting for this unforgettable documentary that puts a human face on the war's cold casualty statistics. Directed by Emmy(R)-winner Jon Alpert (HBO's 'One Year in a Life of Crime'), the film profiles the doctors and nurses at the 86th who fight to save wounded soldiers who are Medevaced (helicoptered) in on a numbingly routine basis. In addition to capturing the drama of victims and caregivers in the ER, the film provides vivid frontline rescue footage with the 54th Medical Company Air Ambulance Team along with tension-filled scenes of soldiers patrolling what is considered the most dangerous road in the world: the five-mile highway from the Baghdad Airport to the CSH. Written by Anonymous

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Mostly a Disappointment
4 January 2015 | by (Antarctica) – See all my reviews

I decided to watch this movie thinking it would be a more objective view of what went on in Iraq. Unfortunately, this movie only focuses on American soldiers and their injuries. You will see nothing about injured Iraquis.

This movie shows what it's like for American soldiers to be in a war, to get injured, and what they have to deal with. The setting of the whole movie is one specific hospital. We may speculate about what the message of the movie is. With remarks about Iraqui "assholes with IEDs" causing harm to brave American soldiers, the message I see here is mostly, "Look how our brave soldiers suffer in this war."

Well, excuse me if it doesn't bring me to tears. I've seen at least a hundred war-related documentaries, and I know the civilian populations of Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Palestine, and other places suffer a lot more than American soldiers. And let's make something clear: This war was an act of aggression by the US. The US invaded a sovereign country based on a completely fabricated premise (nonexistent WMDs) and in a course of several years completely destroyed the whole country, killing about a million people, mostly civilians, and ruining the lives of many more.

The loss of American lives is certainly a tragedy, but the movie fails to address the fact that this tragedy is not caused so much by Iraqui fighters, but rather bad policies of the US government. It also fails to mention that the cost to the Iraqui population is incomparably higher, and they were only defending their country.

It's all right if a documentary decides to focus on one specific issue. I have no problem with that. Often that's a necessity. But the message that I see in this movie is taken out of context and highly distorted. It paints aggressors as victims, and I believe this impression could be easily accepted by people who don't know better.

Some say that this movie shows what you never see on the screen. I find that sad because that's a sign of great ignorance. There's nothing in this movie that I haven't seen over and over before. All of this happens all the time in many places of the world, and more often than not, it's caused by the US. That's a sad but well documented fact.

Now, I'm not saying the movie is bad or even that it's lying. It's worth a watch if you don't know much about what war looks like. But it has to be understood that it shows a very specific and limited view of the war, and if people want to understand anything, this movie alone shows just a small piece of the puzzle, which on its own can be quite misleading. It simply lacks context. As it is, it brings nothing new to the table for people who are well informed. (To be honest, I found it mostly boring. Seen it all before countless times.) There are certainly much better war documentaries out there.


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