I’m revising my Gunner Palace paper for publication. Specifically, I’m expanding the paper to focus on several other Iraq War documentaries, including Voices of Iraq, the documentary in which two former MTV producers distributed 150 cameras to Iraqis. The documentary has been praised by conservative groups such as FrontPage Magazine, where the reviewer comments that the filmmakers have “accomplished what the entire mainstream media thus far has not: they’ve captured the real life and times of the Iraqi people.” In the documentary, much of the footage affirms the rhetoric of “liberation,” and, in fact, the device of digital cameras being distributed to “normal Iraqis” seems to affirm this message of liberation, a rhetoric also implied in the instructions that accompanied the cameras when they were distributed. But for now, I simply want to compile a list of reviews and other articles on the film:
I’m still establishing which films I’ll address in the paper, but I think Voices of Iraq, which deploys a “home movie” aesthetic, is worth addressing, even if (and perhaps because) the film’s primary function seems to be to justify the invasion of Iraq and to promote neo-conservative talking points about the war.
Update: Another film I may discuss in some detail is Sinan Antoon’s About Baghdad (IMDB), which was filmed in July 2003. Here are some relevant reviews from The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Strictly Film School.
Update 2: And some more links for Occupation: Dreamland (my original review), including reviews from the World Socialist Website, The New York Times, and The Village Voice.www.villagevoice.com/film/0538,land,68006,20.html