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Homeland: Iraq Year Zero (DVD)

Directed by : Abbas Fahdel
Available Date : 02/21/2017
Release Year : 2015
Running Time : 334
UPC : 738329212056
Country : France
Language: Arabic
Subject : 21st Century Politics, Anthropology & Sociology, Film Studies, History, International Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Human Rights, Family Studies, Journalism and Mass Communications, Military Studies
Genre : Documentary
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Part 1: 160 minutes, Part II: 174 minutes
In February 2002 - about a year before the U.S. invasion - Iraqi filmmaker Abbas Fahdel traveled home from France to capture everyday life as his country prepared for war. He concentrated on family and friends, including his 12-year-old nephew, Haider, as they went about their daily lives, which had come to include planning for shortages of food, water and power. No strangers to war, the Iraqis thought they understood what was coming, and could even manage to be grimly humorous about what they felt would likely be a major and lengthy inconvenience. And then, the war began. 
When Fahdel resumed filming in 2003, two weeks after the invasion, daily activities have come to a near standstill, the city is overrun with foreign soldiers, and many areas of Baghdad had been closed off to ordinary citizens. Iraqis endure, seemingly as unwitting as Americans themselves about what further tragedy awaits. Fahdel's epic yet intimate film paints a compelling portrait of people struggling to survive while their civilization, dating back to ancient times, is destroyed around them. 
Product Extras :

Booklet essay by filmmaker Robert Greene
New York Film Festival:A Conversation with Abbas Fahdel (Disc 1, courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center)

Publish Date : 2017-01-24

Homeland: Iraq Year Zero

  • Abbas Fahdel - Director

Homeland: Iraq Year Zero

  • Abbas Fahdel - Director


“...this transformative verite glimpse into the lives of everyday Iraqis demands both patience and empathy to sit through, but the reward is worth every second.”

“The most significant work of art to come out of the Iraq war”

"A mesmerizing and deeply moving portrayal of the Iraq War as seen by Iraqis, Abbas Fahdel’s six-hour masterpiece is essential viewing for anyone hoping to understand the devastating implications of the US-led invasion."

Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) – Abbas Fahdel; Right Now, Wrong Then 


Best Documentary - Carthage Film Festival

Best Feature Film - IBAFF International Film Festival

Doc Alliance Selection Award - Locarno International Film Festival

Grand Prize, Best International Feature - Montreal International Documentary Festival

People's Choice Award - Montreal International Documentary Festival

Grand Prix, International Feature Film Competition - Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

Citizens' Prize - Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

Grand Prize, Best International Feature -Visions du Réel

Jury Prize - Milano Filmmaker Festival

Public Award - FICUNAM, Mexico

Best Feature Film Award - DMZ Film Festival, South Korea

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