Screen/Society--Films of James Longley--"IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS"
The Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Filmmaker Series presents:
Iraq in Fragments
(James Longley, 2006, 94 min, USA, in Kurdish/Arabic w/ English subtitles, Color, 35mm)
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.
-- Part of the Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Filmmaker Series: Films of James Longley.
-- 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.
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsors: Program in Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), Center for Documentary Studies, Libraries-Special Collections and Libraries