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This looks interesting. If it truly is an unbiased look from the people of Iraq (as it appears to be) it will certainly merit viewing. This was the participant's guidelines.
I'm looking forward to it.
Since my link went bad for some reason I'll post what info I have:
Voices of Iraq: >From the People, By the People
New, Innovative Film Shows Quirks and Blemishes, Laughter and Anger, Grief and Hope
Washington, D.C. - October 8, 2004 - VoicesOfIraq.com, which provides a "sneak peak" at a new documentary through which the Iraqi people candidly discuss their hopes and fears of life in their turbulent, post-Saddam country, went live today.
The documentary, entitled "Voices of Iraq," was filmed and directed by the Iraqis themselves -- thousands of them, from all walks of life, all over their country. The producers, who distributed more than 150 digital video cameras across the country, condensed more than 400 hours of footage into an unprecedented, and startling, look at life in a war zone.
"Distributing 150 cameras throughout the country opened a window on Iraq that has never been seen," said producer Eric Manes. "Events that we have previously seen on U.S. newscasts, we now see through a different perspective."
The Iraqi filmmakers give us a peak at places that are off-limits to mainstream journalists: into the kitchens and cars, cabs and caravans, and hearts and memories of a people who have lived under great oppression but still laugh, learn and hope.
After 24 years of silence under Saddam Hussein and the news media's inability move far beyond Baghdad's "Green Zone" Iraqis take advantage of their new freedoms to tell us exactly what they think of Americans, democracy, jobs, war, and Abu Ghraib. They ponder women's rights, the role of religion in government, mass graves, Arnold Schwarzenegger and their future. The Iraqi filmmakers chose whom to talk to, interview, film and capture unawares.
The film makes evident that American opinions - whatever they might be - are based on filtered and occasionally faulty information about the Iraqi people.
Former MTV producers Eric Manes and Martin Kunert partnered with actor and Gulf War vet Archie Drury to distribute the more than 150 digital video cameras across Iraq. Beginning amidst the Falluja uprising in April, going through the marshlands in the South and Kurdish communities in the North and ending in September of this year, thousands of ordinary Iraqis became filmmakers to reveal the richness, complexity and emotion of their lives.
"Iraq is at a crossroads," said Drury. "In the run up to historic elections in January, the vast majority of Iraqis see the choice they will have to make: toward Iraqi democracy or toward separatism and violence. This is a film about the choices Iraqis desire for themselves."
With a theatrical release planned for later this year, "Voices of Iraq" will be screened in October for select audiences in New York City, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.
the link to the web page seems to not work. Is there a cached version?Posted by allen Stoner at October 10, 2004 05:36 PM
works fine for me. I also found this-