MEETING RESISTANCE is a verité-style non-fiction feature-length film set in the streets, alleyways and ubiquitous teashops of the Adamiyah neighborhood of Baghdad. It enters the physical ... See full summary »
MEETING RESISTANCE is a verité-style non-fiction feature-length film set in the streets, alleyways and ubiquitous teashops of the Adamiyah neighborhood of Baghdad. It enters the physical and psychological heart of the "Insurgency" against the American-led occupation. Photojournalists/directors Steve Connors and Molly Bingham spent ten-months among the insurgents there to create this exclusive, unique, and at once horrifying, compelling and insightful film about their lives, motivation, and goals. Written by
A poignant insight in to the minds of the resistance in Iraq.
I recently viewed this film and got to spend a few hours with the directors afterward discussing the film and the general situation in Iraq. The film makers were in Iraq prior to the invasion in 2003 and saw the first signs of resistance forming after the fall of Baghdad. In an attempt to understand this nascent opposition movement they decided to find out who was responsible. They were given an opportunity to interview these "insurgents" after a chance encounter on the street with a person who claimed to be one. After meeting this individual, they were introduced to others who were also resistance fighters engaging in guerrilla war against the foreign occupiers, the United States.
Over the course of ten months they were given unprecedented access to these individuals and, in interviewing them, found that these individuals are not the monsters the mainstream media portrays them to be. Some of them are religious, some of them are family men, some of them are driven by deep nationalist pride. But all are driven by the same need to resist the foreign occupation of their country (although at least one of them was from Syria). This film really puts a human face on the suffering in Iraq and helps narrate a voice rarely heard through the din of U.S. media reporting.
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