Thursday, September 13, 2007

Big Noise Films, back from Iraq

News from Big Noise Films:
We are just back from Iraq, where we spent a month and a half criss-crossing the country, embedded with the major militias. Our first report from Iraq just went online, and we will be on Democracy Now tomorrow to talk about it. It was shot in the refugee camps on the edge of Baghdad and with America's militia allies among the date palms of Taji:THE GHOST OF ANBAR
The US military's progress report on Iraq is in and it's mostly bad news. But there is one unexpected success story: in the heartland of the Sunni Insurgency, a group of tribes has joined with the Americans to fight Al Qaeda. The Americans report that attacks on US forces have dropped dramatically and claim that life is beginning to return to normal. The leader and symbol of this movement that the Americans claim is rapidly securing Anbar province is a sheik named Sattar Abu Risha.
But is Abu Risha all he claims to be?
With the support of the Pulitzer Foundation, Richard Rowley and David Enders set off to find out - and to see who is paying the price.Part 1: 2: you like it, post a comment - let them know they need to support this kind of radical investigative work)A director's cut of the piece is also part of our new compilation DVD - Big Noise Dispatches Vol. 2 (available at
Our new film - Deserter - a political road-movie following a deserting soldier and his young wife as they flee across the country to seek refugee status over the Canadian border - has just been accepted in IDFA - the largest documentary film festival in the world.We'll be touring with it after it makes the rounds at festivals, so if you're interested in hosting a screening in the Spring, hit us back.
Check our website out for a couple of new DVDs including pieces from - The Jena 6 trial in Louisiana, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, the War in Lebanon, the rise of Poor People's movements in the US, the Other Campaign in Mexico. . .

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