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Only The Dead


Only the Dead is the story of what happens when one ordinary man, an Australian journalist transplanted into the Middle East by the reverberations of 9/11, butts into history. It is a journey that courses through the deepest recesses of the Iraq war, revealing a darkness lurking in his own heart. A darkness that he never knew was there. The invasion of Iraq has ended, and the Americans are celebrating victory. The international press corps revel in the Baghdad “Summer of Love”. In the midst of the celebrations, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the most vicious of Al Qaeda leaders, laid out his plan for the Islamic State.

Running Time: 77 min.
Subject(s): Author's POV, Education, History, Human Rights, Investigative Journalism, Middle Eastern Studies, Military, Photography, War
Language(s): Arabic, English
Subtitles: English
Producer(s): Patrick McDonald and Michael Ware
Cinematographer: Michael Ware
Editor(s): Jane Moran


  • The Guardian
    Wendy Ide
  • The Hollywood Reporter
    Harry Windsor

Festival Participation

  • Sydney Film Festival - 2015
    Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary
  • Melbourne IFF - 2015
  • Telluride Film festival - 2015
  • IDFA - 2015

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