A Day for Fallujah
Films and discussion
Tuesday 8 November
The ICA, central London
Phone 020 7930 3647 www.ica.org.uk
DocHouse documentaries iscommemorating the first anniversary of the battle for Fallujah, Iraq, with a special screening and discussion of two powerful documentaries, Occupation: Dreamland and Testimonies from Fallujah.
Occupation: Dreamland, directed by Garrett Scott and Ian Olds, is a candid portrait of a squad of US soldiers stationed in Fallujah during the winter of 2004.
The film charts the soldiers’ journey from unquestioning duty to disillusionment and confusion.
As the number of US dead in Iraq tops 2,000 and opposition to war grows back home, Occupation: Dreamland is a timely portrait of an army creeping towards catastrophe.
The second documentary, Testimonies from Fallujah, charts the rise of the resistance during the first seige of Fallujah in April 2004. The filmmaker, acclaimed Japanese journalist Toshikuni Doi, collected hundreds of hours of home videos made by Iraqis during the seige.
What he creates is powerful and moving, and with the absence of the international media, some of the most dramatic footage of suffering, defiance and resistance.