This film is a three part series released in 2006 that examines a country devastated by war during the U.S occupation and that for the removal of Saddam Hussein from power followed by the military actions. From each faction of the Iraq’s population i.e. Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds, three compelling subjects were selected.
American film maker James Longley spent two years in post-war Iraq in the compiling of his opus, which then received an abundant critical acclaim. At the 2006 Sundance Film Festival it took the house down, in the documentary competition it win Best Director, Best Editing and Best Cinematography, and at the 2007 Academy Awards it was nominated for Best Documentary Feature.
In part one an eleven years old boy Muhammad, in his grandmother custody can’t continue schooling anymore and work as a shop apprentice for supporting his family. Like all other residents of the city the boy is also surrounded by turbulence.
The second part focuses on Sheik Aws, who is a cleric in an organization founded on strong anti-occupation and anti-Israel positions and led by Muqtada al-Sadr.
The final part is composed of a friendship story of two boys and their fathers living and working on neighboring farms in Kurdish controlled region. The distance in the generational mindsets and an entirely different perspective of the youth than the hardened war experienced elders is realized by the seizing up of the relationships between them.