This war hasn't ended. Or maybe it has for western news media but surely not for people who were left with the whole mess that Bush's politics have led to. It's very upsetting to realise the whole hipocrisy that lets people now scream about barbaric ways of Daesh. But in what way does this Western way differ? What is the end that justifies these means? 'Homeland' is one of the most important docus of 21st century.
"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.
Illuminating the darkest consequences of an imperialism still justified - justified in the West's representation of the Middle East, the political denigration of their people and religions. Mammoth commitment to first bonding the audience with day-to-day and then upending all familiarity when the spaceships arrive. Fahdel seeks faces to tell this history, allows all who seek to be documented. Mostly, RIP Haidar
Amazing document, that can look at first pretty ordinary. The first part (before the war) depicts everyday's family life in Iraq. Watching Saddam's propaganda on TV and going to school. 3 hours later begins the other side of paradise. Military forces everywhere, insecurity, violence, political chaos. You can hardly describe a big scene in Homeland but the patient work of Abbas Fahdel pays. Essential film.
A vital historical document of the run-up to and early months of the Iraq war that gives a rare opportunity to ordinary Iraqis to tell their side of the story.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.
The very ending is absolutely overwhelming , so sad! And justify all the long first part, tragically. I thought at first that Part 1 was uselessly too long and repetitive, it is still true as a "everyday life chronicle", but as a tribute to this poor little boy, it isn't. America, FUCK YOU >_<