Archive of films Iraq in Fragments / Iraq in Fragments

USA / Iraq
2006, 93 min

Section: One World Presents the Sundance Documentary Fund
Year: 2006

Iraq in Fragments illuminates post-war Iraq in three parts, building a vivid picture of a country pulled in different directions by religion and ethnicity. Filmed in vérité style, the film powerfully explores the lives of ordinary Iraqis: people whose thoughts, aspirations, and concerns are both personal and illustrative of larger issues in Iraq today.


Moving from deeply personal and meditative to fast-paced and shocking, this visually stunning film in three parts contemplates the future of Iraq in the aftermath of war. In Baghdad, a young boy from the Sunni community faces uncertain prospects on the bustling city streets. In the South, the increasingly radicalised Shiite Muslims gather to perform rituals once banned by Saddam, working themselves up into an aggressive religious frenzy. And in the vast expanse of the North, Kurdish shepherds and brick cutters muse about their future in a country torn apart by conflict.

About the director

James Longley (b. 1972) studied film and Russian language at Wesleyan University and the VGIK in Moscow. His documentary film, Portrait of Boy with Dog was awarded a student Academy Award in 1994. Longley’s feature length debut was Gaza Strip, a cinema vérité documentary filmed in the occupied Palestinian territories. In 2002, James travelled to Iraq to begin work on Iraq in Fragments, which subsequently received several awards at prestigious film festivals including Sundance.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: One World Presents the Sundance Documentary Fund
Director: James Longley
Dir. of Photography: James Longley
Music: James Longley
Editor: Fiona Otway, Billy McMillin, James Longley
Producer: John Sinno, James Longley
Production: Typecast Pictures
Contact: The Film Sales Company

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