Voices of Iraq (2004)
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Critic Reviews for Voices of Iraq
As a true or accurate portrait of the real Iraq ... pic pales in comparison to various in-depth U.S. and European reports, and to Bahman Ghobadi's brilliant new drama on wartime Kurdish refugees, Turtles Can Fly.
We don't get to stay with anyone long enough to feel the full power of their story, but a mosaic portrait of a diverse nation emerges.
Despite a good amount of balance allowing for the expression of some anti-American sentiment, Voices of Iraq comes down squarely on the side supporting the war in Iraq.
It's an approach that even the war's harshest critics should find interesting.
It's impossible to say if what the makers of this 'experimental documentary' have assembled is a representative sample of these home movies, but on balance it's vastly more flattering to the Bush administration than Fahrenheit 9/11 and its ilk.
The lack of more than a handful of Iraqis decrying their personal losses and the chaos that has ensued makes it hard to trust the sincerity of the filmmakers.
Audience Reviews for Voices of Iraq
[font=Century Gothic]Everyone has an agenda.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Here's mine: it is one of pacifism. I do believe in peace and violence only as a means of last resort.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]The makers of the film "Voices in Iraq" have one, too. Ostensibly, the idea of the documentary is admirable - distribute 150 digital cameras to ordinary Iraqi citizens, so they can film the world around them, starting in March 2004, one year after the American invasion.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]What should have happened was a cinema verite examiniation of the country at large without comment, but it departs about twenty minutes in to show torture footage from Abu Gharib from Saddam Hussein's brutal reign and uses this footage to excuse the American abuses because Saddam Hussein did much worse. An abuse of authority is still an abuse and cannot be excused this way. [/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]In fact, the documentary seems to be a rationale for defending the American invasion. It does talk about the Kurdish genocide in 1988 but then where were the American armed forces then? One person brings up the never proven connection between Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda. In fact, "Voices of Iraq" occasionally departs from its chosen structure to show propoganda made by the terrorists.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]I had always recalled that WMD's and terrorism were the reasons for going to war in the first place but when the infrastructure of Iraq was ripped out without thought of what would happen next, this allowed for much more terrorism to happen. Thus, even with the new freedoms enjoyed by the Iraqi people, explosions can be heard in the background.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font]
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