War

Originally slated for broadcast on NBC news in 1991, Inside Iraq: No Place to Hide was yanked just three hours before airtime. Was this coverage, which revealed that the Gulf War was not as clean and easy as the US media presentation had implied, too hot for TV?

Traveling through Iraq, DCTV’s filmmakers were able to visit a number of Iraqi cities whose infrastructure had been entirely destroyed. Water, electricity, and medicine were in short supply. Doctors stood helpless as the wounded suffered and starving babies died in their mothers’ arms.

Inside Iraq (re-edited in 2002) is certain to provoke intense discussion about censorship and the role of media in wartime.

As Americans wait in anticipation to see how the dawn of a new Iraq will unfold, many questions about the war, and about life under Saddam, remain unanswered. Imagine being able to call up an old friend and ask those questions, directly, honestly, with no hesitation. This is what happened when DCTV and Chat the Planet brought together the youth of the critically acclaimed Bridge to Baghdad to speak again for the first time since the bombs fell.

Filmed on March 1, 2003, just two weeks before the start of what was to become “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” Bridge to Baghdad 1 connects the youth of New York City to the youth of Baghdad for an unprecedented conversation about the futures of the lands they will someday govern.

With the threat of war looming, an array of young Americans gather in New York where they are linked by satelite to Baghdad to "meet" the teenagers of Iraq for the first time. The Iraqi teens, educated, thoughtful and poised young men and women, speak their minds about the impending war, American culture and what they want Americans to know about their homeland. Adamant in their hopes for a peaceful resolution but reticent about Saddam’s regime, the Iraqi youth allow the cameras into their lives and their homes, providing the American audience with a much-needed glimpse into Saddam-era Iraq.

Documentarian Jon Alpert accompanies Masuda Sultan, a 23-year-old Afghan-American woman, as she travels back to Kandahar, Afghanistan to see what has become of her country after 9/11. Masuda is delighted to see the yoke of the Taliban lifted, but horrified to find out what happened to her family. Seeking refuge from the American bombing, a large number of her family escaped to the small village of Chowkar-karez, 60 miles north of Kandahar. Then, on October 22, 2001, Chowkar-Karez was attacked by the American military. 41 civilians were killed. 19 of them were members of Masuda’s family. Masuda, who supports America's effort against terrorism, wants to know why her family had to die in the desert.

TRT 51:45 min | English | Color

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