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AP: ‘Iraq Creates Its Own Genre’

AP: 'Iraq Creates Its Own Genre'

It’s not beneath me to give myself a personal plug (isn’t that what having your own blog is for?), but I also like this article and what it’s about. Yes, I was one of the interview subjects (near the end of the piece), but it’s about the very timely subject of Iraq documentaries. As I’ve mentioned before, last year was the year of the Iraq doc, which is why two of the films (My Country, My Country and Iraq In Fragments) nominated for Best Documentary Feature Oscars, have a story that revolves somewhat around the conflict overseas.

Check out the Associated Press piece, which speaks to the filmmakers of these films and more, about what this “trend” means from a historical perspective as well as for the future. At SXSW 2007, we have a small handful of docs (When Adnan Comes Home, The Prisoner, etc.) that have a connection to what’s happening in Iraq, but again, they concern themselves with issues that are more universal than any single war (no matter how unwieldy) can contain.

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