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Operation Filmmaker (2008)

Operation Filmmaker

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Critic Consensus: Operation Filmmaker is a darkly funny, ironic tale of a cross-cultural exchange gone wrong.

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Touched by the plight of an aspiring Iraqi filmmaker whose dreams of working in Hollywood seemed to fall with Baghdad, American filmmaker Liev Schreiber invites the ambitious wannabe director to intern on Everything Is Illuminated, to unexpected results. In 2004, just one year after the United States launched a devastating attack on Baghdad, MTV ran a story about a 25-year-old Iraqi film student named Muthana Mohmed, who remained determined not to let the strife that consumed his country consume his dreams as well. At the time, American actor Schreiber was preparing to make his directorial debut with the film Everything Is Illuminated. After seeing the documentary on television, Schreiber was consumed by guilt for having so many amazing opportunities in the film industry and determined to give Mohmed the chance of a lifetime by inviting him to join the production of Everything Is Illuminated in the Czech Republic. Common wisdom dictates that "the road to hell is paved with good intentions," however, and as Mohmed attempted to balance the complications of living away from home for the first time with the cultural issues that arise while working with an all-American film crew, the situation quickly began to deteriorate.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Television, Special Interest
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On DVD: Dec 16, 2008
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Operation Filmmaker

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (15)

If learning about other cultures shows that we're all basically alike, Operation Filmmaker is a reminder that foreign countries have their own share of nitwits, too.

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

What might have been a vanity project emerges as a surprisingly complicated morality tale.

June 30, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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Everyone here comes out smelling bad -- that's why the film's so good.

Full Review… | June 20, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

This gut punch of a documentary will knock you for a loop.

June 13, 2008
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

An exit strategy in Iraq? This self-aware study shows how hard it'll be.

Full Review… | June 6, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The whole film could be seen a metaphor for America's misadventures in Iraq: Schreiber and company came in expecting flowers and sweets from a grateful native, and wound up in a quagmire.

Full Review… | June 6, 2008
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Operation Filmmaker

½

Fascinating doc on a fledgling filmmaker squandering opportunity and stranded by global politics.

wbgoose13
William Goss

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