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Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)

Homeland (Irak Année Zéro)

Directed by Abbas Fahdel
France, 2015
  • Arabic
  • English


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.

Our take

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.”

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Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Doc Alliance Selection Award

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

2015 | 2 wins including: Citizens' Prize

Visions du Réel

2015 | Winner: Sesterce d'or for the best feature film (International Competition feature films)

2015 | Special Mention: Interreligious Prize

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