Winner of the Documentary "Directing" and "Cinematography" awards at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
An opus in three parts, IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS offers a series of intimate, passionately-felt portraits: A fatherless 11-year-old is apprenticed to the domineering owner of a Baghdad garage; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rally for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at the point of a gun; a family of Kurdish farmers welcomes the U.S. presence, which has allowed them a measure of freedom previously denied. American director James Longley spent more than two years filming in Iraq to create this stunningly photographed, poetically rendered documentary of the war-torn country as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. Winner of "Best Director (Documentary)," "Best Cinematography" and "Best Editing" awards in the 2006 Sundance Film Festival documentary competition, the film was also awarded the "Grand Jury Prize" at the 2006 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, was named "Best Documentary" at the Chicago International Film Festival and was nominated for "Best Documentary Feature" at the 2007 Academy Awards®.
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Wow. What a film; it portrays the consequences of the Iraq war at the level of ordinary, everyday life for the people and, especially, for small children. We Americans probably will not want to view this film. Why would we, it will just make us feel stupid and ashamed of ourselves. Thankfully, the film was made anyway. Watch it, learn from it, be wary the next time.