BIFF 2020


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Award winning documentary about modern day Iraq – told by Iraqis living in a time of war

IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS tries to illustrate the everyday life in post-war Iraq. The documentary gives a vivid picture of a country pulled in different directions by religion and ethnicity. From an 11-year-old car mechanic torn between his education and apprenticeship, the Shiite political/religious movement of Moqtada al-Sadr to Kurds rebelling against the past atrocities of Baghdad rule and asserting their bid for independence we meet a different aspects of the modern day Iraq – told by Iraqis themselves. IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS was awarded prizes for best direction, film editing and cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival.

James Longley (b. 1972 in Oregon) studied Russian language and film at several universities in the United States, and the All-Russian Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. His student documentary PORTRAIT OF A BOY WITH A DOG was awarded the Student Academy Award in 1994 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. His first feature documentary GAZA STRIP (02) was screend at BIFF in 2003. IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS is his second feature documentary.