Thursday, September 13, 2007

Battle for Haditha

A second take on the war in Iraq, this time told in more cinematic fashion. We again learn something about the lives of the people on both sides of the battle and we see a dramatic re-creation of an incident that took place on the road in Haditha, Iraq. (Filmed again in Jordan.)

The incident: In November 2005, a roadside IED (Improvised Explosive Device) killed one US Marine and wounded two others. Enraged fellow Marines exacted revenge by killing twenty-four Iraqis: men, women and children. Four Marines were subsequently charged with murder.

It is very chilling to see that the men being put in danger have such little leadership and then are blamed when they react to the stress.

The Q & A after the film included the director and two of the actors in the film who were actually veterans of the Iraq war: Eric Mehalacopoulos and Elliot Ruiz (pictured right).

Director: Nick Broomfield
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2007
Language: English, Arabic
Runtime: 93 minutes
Screenplay: Nick Broomfield, Marc Hoeferlin, Anna Telford
Cinematographer: Mark Wolf
Principal Cast: Elliot Ruiz, Falah Abraheem Flayeh, Yasmine Hanani, Duraid A. Ghaieb, Eric Mehalacopoulos