P.O.V.: Season 19, Episode 12

My Country, My Country (2 Jun. 2006)

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The director follows a Sunni Arab doctor as he prepares to run for the early 2005 elections in Iraq.

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Six months in Iraq, culminating in the national election on January 30, 2005. We watch logistic preparations for the election, with UN, US, Australian, and local personnel unsure if the election will be held as scheduled, bracing for violence and for world attention. We also cut back and forth to Dr. Riyadh, a Sunni physician who practices at the Adhamiya Free Clinic and prays at the Abu Hanifa Mosque. He's an Iraqi Islamic Party candidate for the Baghdad Provincial Council; he visits Abu Ghraib prison and speaks out. We meet his wife and daughters: the family is cheerful, ironic, and droll. Will his party participate in the elections? Will he vote? Is his family safe? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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After filming My Country, My Country, Poitras was placed on the United States Homeland Security watch list. See more »

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insight into domestic life and anxieties
1 December 2006 | by (Pittsburgh) – See all my reviews

It is a moving documentary. The director was given full access by US military, and being a woman, was able to film inside the living room of an Iraqi family with only women present.

The different clips are well edited, and the documentary has a nice balance and feel to it.

There is a (now hilarious) scene in a classroom-setting in which a US-based contractor is teaching to several adult men what democracy is.

The US military is shown as courteous and understanding, so don't mistake this documentary as an anti-occupation rant. It is more about the anxieties of a middle-class family, opposed to violence ("live and let live"), and the aspirations of an every-day family to make their world a better world.


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