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Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) (2015)

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Chronicles of everyday life in Iraq before and after the U.S. invasion.

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Abbas Fahdel

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Abbas Fahdel
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Homeland Iraq Year Zero (2015–2016)
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This documentary home movie series reveals the lives, hopes and fears of ordinary Iraqi families before and after the 2003 start of the Iraq War.

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Part I: BEFORE THE FALL (duration: 2h40m) : For several months, the director filmed a group of Iraqis, mostly members of his family, in their expectation of the war. This first part of the film ends with the start of U.S. strikes on Baghdad. Part II: AFTER THE BATTLE (duration: 2h54m) : Americans invades Iraq and the film shows the consequences of this invasion on the daily life of the characters. The film ends with the violent death of one of the main characters: the nephew of the filmmaker, twelve years old boy Haidar.

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Everyday life in Iraq before and after the U.S. invasion

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Country:

Iraq | France

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

6 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Homeland (Irak année zéro) See more »

Filming Locations:

Iraq

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Stalker Production ( See more »
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Color

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16 : 9
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Home and the Country
21 May 2015 | by cinefilsSee all my reviews

Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) is the story of a country in turmoil, told through the experience of one family in particular : the director's family. But this is not a weighty history lesson. The major events takes place off-screen. We experience their repercussions on the life of the protagonists. Without avoiding the ceremonial events (birth, death, marriage) that usually punctuate this sort of family chronicle, the author-director focuses on the textures of daily existence. His project stands as a monumental act of testimony, teeming with evocative incident and Proustian detail. 'Homeland' means here both 'home' and 'native land'. It is a film about a home, a country and real life looked at through the eyes of real people. There's no heroism here, just the everyday life of normal people confronted to ordinary and extraordinary events. All human life is here: tragedy, comedy, death and fleeting moments of daily existence. Inevitably much of the story deals with the war, and it is fascinating to see how things evolve, coming up to a brutal, fatal term which leaves us heartbroken.


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