The Painter and the Thief
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This is a startling documentary from Iraq, depicting the suffering of Iraqi citizens. It manages to coherently explain the reasons for which these young men feel the need to join the resistance movement against the American occupation. Very interesting, and heartbreaking.
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we need to see what's goin' on over there and how people suffer from the war thing like losing (family) members
Certainly impactful at times. But just seemed a bit too basic in its delivery, and also misleading. See all the deleted scenes to see what was really going on in the family. It was obviously a willful decision to ignore the fact that this Iraqi young guy was letting his family down by hitting the race tracks and playing video games as opposed to staying at his shop to make money to feed the family. Instead, the director chose to make it appear as if the evil American occupancy just wrecked this family's life (not negating the fact that it is the truth) and nothing could be done to stop it. It would have been much more interesting to see the full depth of what was really going on. Shame on the director for taking such an amateur angle on things. It's easy to make things look bad when you want it to, but sometimes it's not easy to tell the truth.
more like a documentary...barely held my attention...nice idea though.
A wonderful portrayal of the human cost of war...Sad and poignant. A must see.
this movie is a great idea, i feel like it is a story that needs to be told, the side of the iraqis not just what you see on TV, that being said, i feel like thats where it ended, it starts off strong and continues and pretty much beats a dead horse for an hour afterward, it was a story of mourning which is good, but they never fully relate it to people so it makes it hard to understand and sypathize
It's a real documentary about the confusion which never ceases in this globally diversified wealth we like to cling to for comforts-even in Iraq with their bombed out housing and the death ridden streets they still have Playstation, Pepsi, popcorn and Horse racing! I don't know what to think about U.S. or Iraq anymore the dust never settles there...!
I didn't think this documentary was very strong at all. The only pov shown was the family's, which is good in some ways & bad in others.
Maybe im just used to seeing a broader range of opinions?! Although im sure if they asked the soldiers about the gunfire, the question would be greatly avoided.
Makes you wonder about the contrast between your comfortable, privileged life and the lives you are complicit in destroying.