Liberation or Occupation? A Passage through Iraq

Liberation or Occupation? A Passage through Iraq

Release date:

2004

Running time:

45 minutes

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English, Kurdish and Arabic with English subtitles

Almost a year after the American invasion of Iraq and ousting of Saddam Hussein, Kurdish-Canadian filmmaker Jiyar Gol takes an unpredictable journey into the heart of the war-torn country. Not embedded like other foreign journalists, Gol emerges with a rare glimpse of everyday life in the unstable area. He interviews both Kurdish people in the oil-rich north happy to embrace coalition forces and Shiite Muslims in Baghdad who express resentment about what the new constitution means for the south. Among various politicians, activists and academics, Gol meets Saren Azer, a Kurdish human rights activist and refugee now in Canada, and Farak Bal, a member of the Turkish Nationalist Movement Party who takes serious exception to Iraq's new federalism and the rights it grants to Kurds.

Neither anti- nor pro-American, this film shows the complex ethnic and political reality of the Iraqi people and their troubled country. The film concludes dramatically after a large explosion tears apart a Baghdad neighbourhood and American soldiers confiscate Gol's camera.

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