For several months, the director filmed a group of Iraqis, mostly members of his family, in their expectation of the war; the start of U.S. strikes on Baghdad, the American invasion and its consequences.
One of the crucial films about America’s invasion of Iraq, Abbas Fahdel’s long, completely engrossing and deeply personal saga provides an essential perspective. In our critic’s words, it is “unprecedented in that it shows the daily reality of those on the receiving end of our humanitarian wars.”
A vital historical document of the run-up to and early months of the Iraq war that gives a rare opportunity to ordinary Iraqis to tell their side of the story. Compellingly watchable and at time gruelling. The best film by far to come out of a criminally reckless enterprise that has informed much of the world's ills today.
A total must see. Fahdel's documentary is heart-wrenching, poignant, beautiful and eye-opening.
The 5 hours go by like minutes.
A perfect way to know the inside story of a human tragedy that governments and medias are shaping up.
"We need to have fun before the war". 20/3/2003. The horror, military area. "The house collapsed and everything burned". (...) "We want to avoid a bloodbath". (...) "Is this Iraqui cinema! Is this our heritage! Those who have destroyed these archives, they might need it someday. One can take revenge on a regime, but why take revenge on culture?" (...) "Only the school sign remains". My heart is broken.
I watched this film in two parts at the natural pre/post war breaks, but that did not stop it leaving an impact. This film is an astounding and important documentary which has gives such a gripping perspective and nauseating events. There are so many powerful scenes - "One can take revenge on a regime but why take revenge on a culture?". Absolutely worth the time to watch; this is exactly why I'm subscribed to Mubi.
This movie is absolutely devastating, so I find it hard to write about. I'm sure it will haunt me for a long time. By spending months capturing the daily life of his extended family, Fahdel helps you grow close to them. This personalizes how Iraqi lives have been disrupted by the chaos and violence. Knowing the end in advance created a feeling of powerless that was unbearable. This is the horror of imperialism.
I️ think that the movie Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) is an absolute must watch. Just because I️ think it portrays the Iraqis in a way that Americans probably have never seen. Seeing these people in their everyday lives sheds some light on the fact that they are not all terrorists. They are indeed normal people like you and I️. The Iraqi war in my opinion was a war that should have never happened. I️I️
A major historical document that is devastating and heartbreaking to watch. Wish it were mandatory viewing for all Americans, but most of all for our current administration. I remember the propaganda in the American papers--full of talk about the lascivious actions of Saddam's sons. Not much info about the actual inhabitants of Baghdad and how we were screwing up their lives permanently. No wonder ISIS rose up.
It might be a daunting task (with the runtime over 5 1/2 hours, I broke it up into sections), but this documentary shows how the people of Iraq have been affected by war, and how various actions and circumstances turned so many against the Americans who were alleged to be helping them. Fascinating and eye-opening stuff.