No Place Like Homeland (The Huffington Post)


In a Huffington Post opinion piece, Dartmouth’s Jeffrey Ruoff writes that Abbas Fahdel's Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) is “the most significant work of art to come out of the Iraq war.”

“The documentary,” writes Ruoff, an associate professor of film and media studies, “follows months, weeks, and days leading up to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and months into the subsequent occupation. Shot in Baghdad and the countryside on a lightweight video camera, this electrifying five-and-a-half hour film divides into two parts, Before the Fall and After the Battle.”

He writes that for “those of us who live far from Baghdad, Fahdel has written an indelible scroll of the Iraqi capital, once upon a time. Homeland remains an everlasting tablet of a proud people preparing, and enduring, a destiny written by a handful of extremists in Washington, D.C., itself once the capital of a lawful country.”

Read the full opinion piece, published 10/1/15 by The Huffington Post.