Operation Filmmaker Image

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Summary: Soon after the fall of Baghdad in 2003, a young and charismatic film student, Muthana Mohmed, stands in the rubble of the city's film school and explains to an American television audience that his dream of becoming a filmmaker has been destroyed - first by Saddam Hussein, then by American bombs. This brief, fortuitous appearance on MTV changes Muthana's life forever. Watching in the United States, actor/director Liev Schreiber stops channel surfing, utterly captivated. Feeling guilty about a war he opposed, Schreiber decides to extend to the unknown Iraqi the opportunity of a lifetime - to come to Prague to work on an American movie, Everything is Illuminated. On set, frustrated expectations complicate the relationship between Muthana and his American benefactors in what becomes a cross-cultural endeavor gone awry. Filmmaker Nina Davenport becomes increasingly entangled in the young Iraqi's life as his visa is about to expire and the threat of returning to Baghdad looms. Operation Filmmaker, revealing on several levels, addresses the power dynamics between the American filmmaker and her Iraqi subject, unfolding as an engaging parable about the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Runtime: 92 min
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Language: English
Director Credit
Nina Davenport Director
Writer Credit
Nina Davenport Writer
Cast Credit
Alberto Bonilla Himself
Doug Jones Himself
Dwayne Johnson Himself
Elijah Wood Himself
Eugene Hütz Himself
Janett Ohoven Herself
Liev Schreiber Himself
Muthana Mohmed Himself
Nina Davenport Herself
Peter Saraf Himself
Steven Chinni Himself
Producer Credit
David Schisgall Producer
Kristine Pregot Associate Producer
Nina Davenport Producer
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