Monday, July 30, 2007

Iraq In Fragments - 2006

Director: James Longley
Producers: John Sinno, James Longley
Released: January 26, 2006
Genre: Documentary/War
Sundance Film Festival: Cinematography Award - Documentary; Directing Award - Documentary; Film Editing Award - Documentary
Chicago International Film Festival: Gold Hugo Award - Best Documentary
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival: Jury Award - Best Documentary
Gotham Awards: Best Documentary
Human Rights Watch International Film Festival: Nestor Almendros Award - Best Documentary
International Documentary Association: IDA Award - Feature Documentary

An opus in three parts, Iraq In Fragments offers a series of intimate, passionately-felt portraits: A fatherless 11-year-old is apprenticed to the domineering owner of a Baghdad garage; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rally for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at the point of a gun; a family of Kurdish farmers welcomes the US presence, which has allowed them a measure of freedom previously denied.

American director James Longley spent more than two years filming in Iraq to create this stunningly photographed, poetically rendered documentary of the war-torn country as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. Winner of Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Editing awards in the 2006 Sundance Film Festival documentary competition, the film was also awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2007.

"Iraq in Fragments is the latest entry in the crowded field of documentaries from that war. It is also one of the best, partly because it is more concerned with exploring daily life and individual destinies than with articulating a position. ... Whether you think the war is right or wrong, Iraq in Fragments is a necessary reminder of just how painful and complicated it is."
-- A.O. Scott, The New York Times