Homeland: Iraq Year Zero

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In February 2002--about a year before the U.S. invasion--Iraqi filmmaker Abbas Fahdel traveled home from France to capture everyday life as his country prepared for war. He concentrated on family and friends, including his 12-year-old nephew, Haider, as they went about their daily lives, which had come to include planning for shortages of food, water and power. No strangers to war, the Iraqis thought they understood what was coming, and could even manage to be grimly humorous about what they felt would likely be a major and lengthy inconvenience. And then, the war began. When Fahdel resumed filming in 2003, two weeks after the invasion, daily activities have come to a near standstill, the city is overrun with foreign soldiers, and many areas of Baghdad had been closed off to ordinary citizens. Iraqis endure, seemingly as unwitting as Americans themselves about what further tragedy awaits. Fahdel's epic yet intimate film paints a compelling portrait of people struggling to survive while their civilization, dating back to ancient times, is destroyed around them.


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  • "Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime," Ernest Hemingway wrote. "Homeland: Iraq Year Zero" is both an irrefutable proof of that statement and a nagging reminder that the statement is insufficient ...

    Oct 4, 2016 | Full Review…
  • An outstanding film both artistically and politically. I only wish that there were parts 3 and 4. Unique for its being made by a victim of the US made by a native of the country . Not to be missed by serious political people. My pick for best doc of 2016.

    Oct 7, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Throughout his nearly six-hour documentary, Abbas Fahdel is content with showing only the outer surface of people's lives.

    Oct 4, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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