My Country, My Country

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  • Summary: Working alone in Iraq over eight months, director/cinematographer Laura Poitras creates an extraordinarily intimate portrait of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. (Zeitgeist Films)

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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
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  1. When Riyadh's family jokes about the purple stain that marks them as resistance targets after they vote, the black humor speaks volumes about them as individuals, as Sunnis and as Iraqis with a dream of a better way.
  2. 88
    Poitras boldly dispenses with the traditional documentary voice-over, but her film is filled with telling moments that are far more eloquent than any scripted narration.
  3. 80
    Perhaps the most telling image in this remarkable movie is that of a relative intently swatting flies in Riyadh's house, while fighting rages outside.
  4. While My Country, My Country is hardly an exhaustive depiction of its subject, it provides much in the way of material and perspectives previously unexposed.
  5. 70
    As a substantial piece of the puzzle, this is worthwhile viewing.
  6. 50
    Even on that happy 2005 election day, which was so successful that it led to a December round of elections in which the Sunnis did participate, Poitras takes a break to show us a close-up of someone slitting the neck of a rooster.

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  1. DebD.
    Oct 10, 2006
    9
    Poitras offers an amazing peek into Iraq in the months leading up to the historic 2005 elections.

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