My Country, My Country

Laura Poitras

USA, 2006, 90 min.

We are all well aware of the dangers involved in making a documentary in Iraq these days. So it is particularly courageous that a young American filmmaker should have chosen to record the six-month period running up to the first democratic elections in Iraq last year. Of course this in itself is not enough to make a good film, but Laura Poitras has achieved something that no other filmmaker has yet managed to do. Through her central character Dr Riyadh she has given an intimate, human face to the urbane, educated, scientific and devoutly Muslim Iraqi that rarely, if ever, finds a voice.

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