My Country, My Country

    • Laura Poitras
    • United States
    • 2006
    • 90 min
    • Retrospective: Laura Poitras

    On 30 January 2005, two years after the American invasion, parliamentary elections were held in Iraq. In My Country, My Country, Laura Poitras documents the chaotic run-up to election day.

    Poitras shows a country beset by violent attacks. The American occupiers, foreign election monitors and the Iraqis themselves all doubt it will be safe to go to the ballot box. A political party representing the country’s Sunni minority becomes the target of threats and decides to boycott the election.

    The director worked with a great degree of freedom, and was able  to film at Abu Ghraib prison, for example, and at US Army briefings. Riyadh, a Sunni doctor, is the heart and soul of the film. When he decided to become a candidate he knew there was little chance of success, but the boycott means he’s got no hope at all—even members of his own family hardly dare to vote for him.

    Credits

    • 90 min
    • DCP
    Director
    Laura Poitras
    Production
    Jocelyn Glatzer for Over the Moon Productions, Praxis Films
    Cinematography
    Laura Poitras
    Editing
    Erez Laufer, Laura Poitras
    Music
    Kadim Al Sahir

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    2022
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    Retrospective: Laura Poitras

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