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MEETING RESISTANCE enters the physical and psychological heart of Baghdad's resistance and through the narratives of eight active "insurgents" creates an exclusive, unique, and at once horrifying, compelling and insightful film about their lives, motivation, and goals, in their words. See more »
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MEETING RESISTANCE is a verité-style non-fiction feature-length film set in the streets, alleyways and... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Bof: 2007 Full Frame Festival
 (From ioncinema. 11 April 2007)

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Interesting, but incomplete and somewhat deceptive See more (3 total) »

Directed by
Molly Bingham 
Steve Connors 
 
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Molly Bingham 
Steve Connors 

Produced by
Molly Bingham .... executive producer
Molly Bingham .... producer
Daniel J. Chalfen .... producer
Steve Connors .... executive producer
Steve Connors .... producer
Dal LaMagna .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Horowitz 
 
Cinematography by
Steve Connors 
 
Film Editing by
David Emanuele 
Joel Plotch 
 
Editorial Department
Luciana Fernandes .... assistant editor
Gary VandenBergh .... on-line editor
 
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Anthony Bariese .... intern
Chris Cliadakis .... archival research
Chris Cliadakis .... footage research
David Magdael .... publicist
Anne Stulz .... publicist (uncredited)
 
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Josh Alexander .... special thanks
William Mapother .... special thanks
Cory Monden .... thanks
 

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, but incomplete and somewhat deceptive, 19 October 2009
Author: SDsZ28 from San Diego, CA

A very interesting piece for sure. I would stop at calling it required viewing because it lacks context. And the film presents itself somewhat deceptively.

It is important to note that this was the Iraqi insurgency primarily in the mid to late months of 2003, and not what it had evolved into by the time of the film's release in 2006. In fact, the film's final statement was patently untrue by the time of release.

However, the various interviews show many of the rationalizations and motivations behind the resistance forces. Some of them are quite valid, others are absurdly hypocritical. However, what makes them interesting and important is that whether a man fights as an insurgent because he has good cause, or because he is a fool, or because he is evil, he still fights. And understanding the variety of motivations is key to understanding the ways, and difficulty, to overcome them.

This film would have been much better with narration that probed these conflicting emotions and rationalizations. As it stands is probably only good for viewing in an academic setting where intelligent discussion could follow.

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