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Soon after the fall of Baghdad in 2003, a young and charismatic film student, Muthana Mohmed, stands... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Alberto Bonilla ... Himself
Steven Chinni ... Himself
Nina Davenport ... Herself
Hedwig Herzog ... Herself

Eugene Hutz ... Himself

Dwayne Johnson ... Himself (as Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson)

Doug Jones ... Himself
Muthana Mohmed ... Himself
Peter Saraf ... Himself

Liev Schreiber ... Himself

Elijah Wood ... Himself

Directed by
Nina Davenport 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nina Davenport 

Produced by
Nina Davenport .... producer
Kristine Pregot .... associate producer
David Schisgall .... producer
Original Music by
Sheldon Mirowitz 
Cinematography by
Nina Davenport 
Film Editing by
Nina Davenport 
Aaron Kuhn 
Sound Department
David Ellinwood .... sound
Ian Stynes .... sound re-recording mixer
Editorial Department
Matt Bleistein .... assistant editor
Daniel Cantagallo .... associate editor (as Dan Cantagallo)
Will Cox .... colorist
Melissa Mathes .... assistant editor
Marisa Pearl .... assistant editor
Priya Swaminathan .... assistant editor
Peter J. Dowd Jr. .... thanks
Daisy Gili .... special thanks
Dwayne Johnson .... special thanks
Doug Jones .... thanks
Susan Korda .... thanks
Thom Powers .... thanks
Jan Rofekamp .... special thanks
Julian Rubinstein .... very special thanks
Karen Schmeer .... special thanks
Elijah Wood .... thanks


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92 min
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Sideways illumination, 8 November 2008
Author: paul2001sw-1 ( from Saffron Walden, UK

When an American actor spotted a short MTV film about a bombed Iraqi film school, he arranged for one of the students to work as an intern on 'Everything is Illuminated', the movie has was about to direct. Unfortuantly, Muthana turned out to be spoilt, proud and unable to enjoy the unglamourous chores that comprise an intern's lot. But immaturity is not a crime, and it's understandable when Muthana tries to plan a permanent escape from Iraq, given the terrible situation at home. But his attempts to wheedle money and favours from those who have helped him are embarrassing: he is the sort of person who, through claiming not to care about money, always needs others to give it to him. But Nina Davenport's documentary about Muthana is arguably a film that shouldn't have been released. The story she might have hoped to make, that of a fairytale, never comes true. Moreover, as she continues to film in spite of the absence of narrative, Muthana identifies her as the most useful person he can tap for money and contacts (and makes the fair point that she is aiming to make money out of filming him). The film ends on an unhappy note all round - Nina is feeding Muthana (with money, and assistance on foreign visas) and is feeling trapped; Muthana (as a flat-mate succinctly puts it) believes himself to be the only person in the world with problems, and the integrity of this documentary has been compromised, as Muthana's relationship with the film-maker becomes the film's own subject. Some of the most riveting documentaries I've seen feature a film-maker who inadvertently becomes part of the story; sometimes a director goes on camera because of their ego; in Nina's case, the motivation appears to be simple: she doesn't have anything else to film. And one sad story amidst a greater tragedy plays out worse than it needed to because of it.

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