Operation Filmmaker (2008)
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Critic Reviews for Operation Filmmaker
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.
What might have been a vanity project emerges as a surprisingly complicated morality tale.
This gut punch of a documentary will knock you for a loop.
An exit strategy in Iraq? This self-aware study shows how hard it'll be.
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.
Audience Reviews for Operation Filmmaker
A biased--yet nonetheless compelling--documentary about how good intentions paired with cultural misunderstandings can yield disaster. Operation Filmmaker also removes the metaphorical barrier between documentarian and subject in a way that few documentaries have before.
One of the best examples of the complex relationship between documentarian and subject. A great film.
Here's a documentary that is sadly very real. After seeing Iraqi film student Muthana Mohmed lament his broken dream of becoming a filmmaker in the wake of the 2003 Iraq war, actor Liev Schrieber invites him to Prague to work on his 2005 film Everything Is Illuminated.Filmmaker Nina Davenport followed the drama that ensued, as which depicts Hollywood at it's worst. Schrieber treats Muthana as a prized pet mostly. Things take a stranger twist when Muthana accuses Davenport herself of exploiting him. You won't know how to react after seeing this one. Lord knows I didn't.
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