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A vital historical document of the run-up to and early months of the Iraq war that gives a rare opportunity to ordinary Iraqis to tell their side of the story.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.
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.
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
A unique experience that walk you through the real Iraq. The one that existed before the disastrous american invasion, and the one that existed afterwards. This is the purpose that cinema as an art expression must always have: put some light into the darkness.