Lisa Schwarzbaum
June 06, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Operation Filmmaker

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
92 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/04/08
director
Nina Davenport
distributor
First Run Features
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A-

Liev Schreiber sees an MTV report about Iraqi film student Muthana Mohmed, whose Baghdad school has been bombed. He invites Muthana to work on Everything Is Illuminated, shooting in Prague — a generous, liberal gesture. Then Nina Davenport begins to make this documentary, Operation Filmmaker, about Muthana on the set. But generous gestures (especially Davenport’s) get challenged when Muthana’s own plans complicate the experiment in liberalism. An exit strategy in Iraq? This self-aware study shows how hard it’ll be. A-

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