Iraq in Fragments Reviews
The Editing Made This Movie a 5 Stars Film :)
3 different segments depict 3 different ideologies/ethnicities that are likely to clash in near future. the audience gets to meet the people in iraq through slice of life stories of ordinary people, which turns them into authentic characters to remember. we see their struggles, face their reality, feel the way they feel and get immensely disturbed at times.
Shot over two years by American Langley, Iraq in Fragments is an opus offering a trio of separate passionate portraits: ?Monhammed of Baghdad? follows a fatherless boy apprenticed to a domineering garage owner; ?Sadr?s South? chronicles Sadr followers rallying for regional elections even while they still enforce Islamic law with violent force; ?Kurdish Spring? tells the story of a Kurdish farming family welcoming the U.S. presence because it has offered them freedoms they never knew. Giving absorbing visage into the war-torn and not the actual war, this documentary unfolds these three engaging chapters that, taken together, form a prescient Greek Chorus giving voice to the Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds alike. Just as in America, however, the voice is resounding, but rarely harmoniously unified.
Though An Inconvenient Truth walked away with top honors at the Academy Awards, this accomplishment by no means bested Iraq in Fragments, which was also nominated. In a time dominated by many dire issues, some rise to the top of the public consciousness through politicking. Others stand on their own revelatory merits.
Bottom line: A resounding voice that must be heard.
I've just finished watching the movie called "Iraq in Fragments," filmed before Bush/McCain pushed for and got authorization for what's now called "The Surge."
The first two parts of the film (Sunni and Shiite) were hard to watch. So many of these people are totally whacked.
Thousands of years, and they are still so whacked. I want to leave them alone to their thousands of years, but that's irresponsible because people like them are so vulnerable to dictators.
"But if there is religion left, it is among the Kurds."
The third section, Kurdish Spring, actually seemed hopeful. I'm happy for them; in fact, I want to visit them. I wonder if that's possible?
On a technical note - an amazing documentary. I'm surprised at the intrusiveness of the filming - it's so personal, the quality of the film/sound is outstanding, and how real it feels.