Think there are already too many documentaries about the war in Iraq? Yeah, me too. Except finally there is one actually worth seeing.
This weekend, IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS will be released in art houses across America. Not only is James Longley, the director, a serious, intelligent and seemingly fearless documentarian, he's also a remarkable artist. Having struggled through the unsteady and often nauseating camera work of docs like VOICES OF IRAQ and GUNNER PALACE, spending an hour and a half in Longley's Iraq feels like a complicated exercise in psychologically reconciling the breathtaking beauty of tragedy.
This film took the prize for best directing, editing and cinematography at Sundance this year, in addition to tons of other awards at festivals across the globe. Just go see it already.