Lisa Schwarzbaum
November 08, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Iraq in Fragments

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
94 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/08/06
director
James Longley
distributor
Typecast Releasing
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A

The fragments that James Longley handles with such grace and intelligence have disintegrated into irreparable shards since the filmmaker assembled his perceptive documentary Iraq in Fragments between 2002 and 2005. Working with vérité patience and no scripted narration, Longley looks and listens, with nonjudgmental sensitivity, as Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish Iraqis explain their colliding, intractable, invaded worlds, and their rising frustrations. He lets people be people, not position-holders. The calm poetry of the cinematography offsets the mess of the politics to stunning effect.

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