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Working alone in Iraq over eight months, director/cinematographer Laura Poitras creates an extraordinarily intimate portrait of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. Her principal focus is Dr. Riyadh al-Adhadh, an Iraqi medical doctor, father of six and Sunni political candidate. An outspoken critic of the occupation, he is equally passionate about the need to establish democracy in Iraq, arguing that Sunni participation in the January 2005 elections is essential. Yet all around him, Dr. Riyadh sees only chaos, as his waiting room fills each day with patients suffering the physical and mental effects of ever-increasing violence. Dramatically interwoven into the personal journey of Dr. Riyadh is the landscape of the US military occupation, with Australian private security contractors, American journalists and the UN officials who orchestrate the elections. Unfolding like a narrative drama, My Country, My Country follows the agonizing predicament and gradual descent of one man caught in the tragic contradictions of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and its project to spread democracy in the Middle East.

Specifications

Studio Zeitgeist Video
SKU 203836023
UPC 795975108539
UPC 14 00795975108539
Format DVD
Release Date 3/20/2007
Actors
Name Poitras,Laura
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Laura Poitras - Cinematographer
Laura Poitras - Director
Riyadh al-Adhadh - Featuring
Awards
Nominee (2007) Independent Spirit, Laura Poitras, Best Documentary
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review Gotham-based documaker Laura Poitras ("Flag Wars") comes up with a still-timely, quietly hard-hitting look at the Iraqi situation with "My Country, My Country," focusing on the lead-up to and outcome of the Jan. 30, 2005, Iraq election...What comes over clearly is that the whole idea of a democratic election, which the West sees as logical and fair, is being shoehorned, via foreign military occupation, into a culture built on discussion, compromise and negotiation. Basically, nobody agrees about anything...Lensing by Poitras herself is observational rather than confrontational, and composed rather than fly-on-the-wall. Coolly edited film comes as a neat reminder a year later, when some would like to draw a neat line under the Iraq situation, that the "show" isn't necessarily everything.
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Reviewer Derek Elley
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review Now that the Iraq occupation has out-endured the Korean War, and the polls all clock public disapproval of the war at a two-to-one ratio, the time for Laura Poitras's unassailable and whip-smart doc My Country, My Country to make a Hearts and MindsÐstyle crater may have already passed. It's the season of the weasel: Embedded prevarications like The War Tapes and Iraq in Fragments pull in the fest awards this year, and the media are a monsoon of amoral chitchat about exit strategies and oil prices...Poitras, an experienced progressive doc-maker, has made the definitive nonfiction film about the occupation, and as a counterpoint against acres of corporate-spun non-news, it is indispensable.
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Reviewer Michael Atkinson
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Poitras,Laura
Label Zeitgeist Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com A keenly constructed and tragic film...
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News Hard to watch but important to see.
Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle ...intimate and nuanced...

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