Zeitgeist Films | My Country, My Country
Laura Poitras
Film Info
2006
90 mins
Color
USA
In Arabic, English and Kurdish with English subtitles
35mm
Aspect ratio: 1:1.85
Sound: Dolby 5.1 Surround
Rating: Not Rated
Synopsis

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature

Working alone in Iraq over eight months, director/cinematographer 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. Yet all around him, Dr. Riyadh sees only chaos, as his waiting room fills each day with patients suffering the physical and mental effects of ever-increasing violence. Dramatically interwoven into the personal journey of Dr. Riyadh is the landscape of the US military occupation, with Australian private security contractors, American journalists and the UN officials who orchestrate the elections. Unfolding like a narrative drama, MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY follows the agonizing predicament and gradual descent of one man caught in the tragic contradictions of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and its project to spread democracy in the Middle East.




Links

An interview with Laura Poitras in indieWIRE

Exhibitors: download a PDF of the Village Voice review for lobby blow-up