Iraq in Fragments

2-Disc Special Edition!

An opus in three parts, Iraq In Fragments offers a series of intimate, passionately-felt portraits: A fatherless 11-year-old is apprenticed to the domineering owner of a Baghdad garage; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rally for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at the point of a gun; a family of Kurdish farmers welcomes the US presence, which has allowed them a measure of freedom previously denied.

American director James Longley spent more than two years filming in Iraq to create this stunningly photographed, poetically rendered documentary of the war-torn country as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. Winner of Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Editing awards in the 2006 Sundance Film Festival documentary competition, the film was also awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, was named Best Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2007 Academy Awards.

Special Features

  • Feature-length audio commentary by director James Longley
  • James Longley’s short film Iraq Before The War
  • James Longley’s Academy Award nominated (2008) short film Sari’s Mother on Home Video DVD copies
  • 15-minute director interview hosted by film critic Robert Horton
  • Short films by students from Baghdad’s Independent Film & Television College
  • English, French, German, Japanese & Spanish subtitle options
  • 5.1 & 2.0 audio
  • Beautiful 16×9 transfer
  • Trailers



“. . . if Longley’s astonishing feat of poetic agitation has a precedent in the entire history of documentary, I’m not aware of it.” - Rob Nelson, The Village Voice

“[An] evocative, heartbreaking documentary told from three disparate but equally compelling perspectives: the Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds.” – Kevin Williamson, Jam!Movies

“Iraq in Fragments … is a well-crafted, thoughtful study of the dueling divisiveness and hope that will define the region long after foreign troops leave.” - John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press

“A timely, lyrical and candid look at daily life in a post-invasion Iraq.” - Dennis Schwartz, Ozus’ World Movie Reviews

“James Longley’s haunting, oblique film, Iraq in Fragments, presents a collage of images, sounds and characters in an intimate, partial portrait of an unraveling nation.” - A.O. Scott, New York Times

“The struggles recorded in his dazzling Iraq in Fragments aren’t battlefield conflicts, but the personal, religious and political efforts of Iraqi citizens to reassemble their shattered lives.” – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A remarkable example of the conjunction of a burningly topical and newsworthy subject with a brilliant filmmaker.” - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

“The film is unusual among Iraq documentaries for its impressionistic, frequently gorgeous cinematography and for its structure …” – Kyle Smith, New York Post

“A documentary of stunning immediacy and marvelous images…” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal



In Theaters

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At Festivals

Best Director

Sundance Film Festival

Best Documentary

Gotham Awards

Best Documentary

IDA Awards

Academy Award Nominee: Best Documentary Feature, 2006


Home Video DVD copies also include Sari’s Mother, an Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Short, 2007. Also available on Blu-ray!

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