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Voices of Iraq (2004)

Unrated | | Documentary, War | 29 October 2004 (USA)
One hundred fifty digital video cameras are distributed to everyday Iraqis, they encouraged to record their feelings about their life. They are also encouraged to pass the cameras along to ... See full summary »

Directors:

People of Iraq, Martin Kunert (uncredited)

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People of Iraq People of Iraq ... Themselves
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One hundred fifty digital video cameras are distributed to everyday Iraqis, they encouraged to record their feelings about their life. They are also encouraged to pass the cameras along to get as many Iraqis across the country to participate in this project as possible. The cameras are in circulation from April to September 2004, shortly after the American bombing of Fallujah and the fall of the dictatorial regime of Saddam Hussein, the resulting footage which is compiled as this movie. Most of the subjects talk about issues around Hussein versus the Americans, and whether their lives and of Iraqis in general are better off now or then, their thoughts about democracy in general and how it applies to Iraq, and what they want to see for their future. A few also steer clear of politics altogether, they wanting to focus on happier things in their life. As the cameras move around the country, regional differences emerge, such as the Kurds of the north, who were persecuted by Hussein, ... Written by Huggo

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iraq | iraq war | See All (2) »

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People in Iraq have a way to express themselves.

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Documentary | War

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Oh if only it were all so simple...
11 May 2005 | by johnsamo-1See all my reviews

It seems from the comments that people basically like or dislike the film based on what they think about the war to begin with.

The pro-war crowd seems to like the documentary but they are generally making overly broad conclusions about what the pulse of the Iraq people is based on these anectdotal episodes. The anti-war crowd on the other hand seems a little hostile to it since it focuses a lot on how bad Saddam was and how happy many are to see him gone.

Being objective as I can and analyzing it just as a viewing experience, it was nice to get a glimpse into a part of the world you don't get to see very often from the point of view of the people who live there. Usually, they are just the subject of a news item as directed from a Western point of view....

That said, it wasn't all that informative or tell me anything I didn't know... Saddam was bad... knew that already... Some are happy to see him go, some wish he was back, knew that too....

None of this really illuminates the question on whether invading Iraq was a good idea or not. One could've made a virtually identical film in South Vietnam back in 1965 too... The Commies are bad, Some are glad the US is in Vietnam, some aren't...


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Country:

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Language:

Arabic | English | Kurdish

Release Date:

29 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Iraq

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,634, 31 October 2004

Gross USA:

$57,999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,999
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Dolby SR

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