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Iraq in Fragments (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 19 January 2007 (UK)
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Stories from modern day Iraq as told by Iraqis living in a time of war, occupation and ethnic tension.

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James Longley
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Mohammed Haithem Mohammed Haithem ... Himself
Suleiman Mahmoud Suleiman Mahmoud ... Himself
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Storyline

Iraq in Fragments illuminates post-war Iraq in three acts, building a picture of a country pulled in different directions by religion and ethnicity. Filmed in verité style with no scripted narration, the film explores the lives of ordinary Iraqis to illustrate and give background to larger trends in Iraqi society. Written by James Longley

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Documentary | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

Kurdish | Arabic

Release Date:

19 January 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Irak w kawalkach See more »

Filming Locations:

Baghdad, Iraq See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,435, 12 November 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$204,462
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

James Longley traveled to Iraq twice prior to the 2003 war but was unable to begin principal photography until the Saddam Hussein regime collapsed in April 2003. See more »

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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

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Beautiful and moving, but possibly over-cinematic
28 September 2007 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

This documentary, shot shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein, offers some remarkable footage of everyday life in post-war Iraq. What is suffers from slightly is its desire to work as art rather than documentary - there are a lot of fast moving montages, separated from the words of the people being shown, and often they're beautiful and striking; but you find yourself wishing that the film would slow down, and let you form a more definite, precise impression of the world being depicted. Equally, any of the three "fragments" of this film could easily have made a documentary in itself, and while exposition may be a the crime in fiction, I would have liked more of it here - who are these people, and what exactly is their position? But in spite of this, I still enjoyed the film, as an evocative glimpse into lives rarely seen; and knowing that things have got worse not better since it was shot, it's a heartbreaking glimpse as well.


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