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Iraq in Fragments

James Longley / United States - Iraq / 2006 / 93 ' / Arabic - Kurdish / S.T. English - French


Billy McMillin, Fiona Otway & James Longley
James Longley & Margaret Longley
James Longley
James Longley
James Longley & John Sinno
Ahmed Ayed
Ali Zekki
Dler Hashim
Duler Bojan
Istifan Braymok
Post Coordinator: Basil Shadid
Re-recording mixer: Dave Howe
Colorist: Bill Lord

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Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards, USA 2007 Nominated Oscar Best Documentary
Amnesty International Film Festival 2006 Won Youth Jury Award
Chicago International Film Festival 2006 Won Gold Hugo Best Documentary
Directors Guild of America, USA 2007 Nominated DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2006 Won Jury Award
Gotham Awards 2006 Won Best Documentary
Human Rights Watch International Film Festival 2006 Won Nestor Almendros Award
International Documentary Association 2006 Won IDA Award Feature Documentaries
Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival 2006 Won Special Mention
Emmy Awards 2008 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Cinematography - News Coverage/Documentaries James Longley
Sundance Film Festival 2006 Won Cinematography Award Documentary: James Longley
Directing Award Documentary: James Longley
Documentary Film Editing Award: Billy McMillin Fiona Otway James Longley

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A doc that shows Iraq in three parts, through the eyes of the Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds.


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 US 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, 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, and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2007.


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