Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2007 Academy Awards, this film peeks into the lives and the politics of a section of the three major ethnic groups in Iraq — the Sunnis, the Shiites and the Kurds. Director James Longley took two years filming in Iraq to gain a perspective of how the American invasion has changed the lives of its citizens.
In the first section, we watch a fatherless, 11-year-old, Sunni boy as he tries to attend school after having failed for four years previously while working for the domineering owner of a Baghdad garage. In the second part, Moqtada Sadr followers in two Shiite cities enforce Islamic law at the point of a gun. In the third section, a family of Kurdish farmers welcomes the U.S. presence, because it has allowed them hope.