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My Country, My Country

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Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary. Working alone in Iraq over eight months, director Laura Poitras creates an extraordinarily intimate portrait of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. Her principal focus is Dr. Riyadh, an Iraqi medical doctor, father of six and Sunni political candidate. An outspoken critic of the occupation, he is equally passionate about the need to establish democracy in Iraq, arguing that Sunni participation in the January 2005 elections is essential. All around him, Dr. Riyadh sees only chaos as his waiting room fills each day with patients suffering the physical and mental effects of the ever-increasing violence.


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Running Time: 90 min.
Subject(s): Conflicts, Middle Eastern Studies, Politics, War
Language(s): Arabic, English
Subtitles: English
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Producer(s): Praxis Films

Press

  • A still-timely, quietly hard-hitting look at the Iraqi situation.
    Variety
  • Quietly damning.
    AV Club
  • From its plaintive title to its melancholy soundtrack, My Country, My Country is an appropriately mournful look at the chaos of Iraq under American occupation.
    New York Times
  • In 90 captivating minutes, Laura Poitras' extraordinary documentary My Country, My Country gives you a greater understanding of the situation in Iraq than you'd get from 100 hours of Fox News or CNN.
    Seattle Times
  • Powerful and moving.
    Eye for Film
  • What My Country, My Country does best is show us that while both the Americans and the Iraqis care about the country's future, their cultural backgrounds and world views inevitably make them seem alien to each other.
    Los Angeles Times
  • A memorable portrait of a nation's growing pains.
    Chicago Tribune
  • Serve[s] to poignantly underscore both the immense toll that the U.S. invasion has had on Iraq and the difficulties of retrieving some degree of order from the chaos.
    Video Librarian

Festival & Awards

  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (USA)
  • Berlinale
  • SXSW South by Southwest (USA)
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic)
  • Jerusalem Film Festival (Israel)
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK)
  • Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Vancouver Jewish Film Festival (Canada)

  • Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary

additional materials

  • Film Poster
  • Lesson Plan - Public Broadcasting Service
  • Discussion Guide - Public Broadcasting Service
  • Reading List - Public Broadcasting Service
  • Your Country, My Country: How Films About The Iraq War Construct Publics, by Pat Aufderheide
  • The Production of Outrage: The Iraq War and the Radical Documentary Tradition, by Jane Gaines

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