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Video: A Portrait of Iraq


From director Janssen Powers:

If you Google image search “Iraq” looking for photos of anything other than soldiers and war then you’re in for some serious scrolling…

Since the spring of 2016 I’ve been traveling back and forth to Iraq working on a longer form doc with Nations Media. The Iraq I’ve come to know and love over the course of these visits is a drastically different place than version of the country I grew up seeing in the news.

On my most recent trip I brought a 16mm film camera, one lens and a few cans of film to capture portraits of people I met along the way.

Shot on Kodak Super 16mm

Special thanks to:
All of the wonderful people who were brave enough to let me take their picture
Mckinzy Powers
Joel Parker
Mark Foreman
Jeycob Carlson
Jacqueline Isaac
Robert Samo
Metropolis Post
Music by Benjamin Gustafsson
@Nations (nationsmedia.org/)


Running time: 3:36

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4 comments on “Video: A Portrait of Iraq

  1. Naomi Shihab Nye
    August 6, 2018

    A museum in Texas is showing George W. Bush’s “Portraits of Courage” paintings. How courageous is it really to enter someone else’s country armed with weapons ready to blast their daily lives into rubble for fabricated “reasons” ?

    This short, exquisite video is the true portrait of courage.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      August 6, 2018

      Remember Dick Cheney saying in 2002 that the Iraq war would last a month and would pay for itself once we seized the oil wells? The US incursions in the Middle East have nothing to do with fighting terrorism or protecting freedom, as the propagandists claim. Perpetual war is about money.


  2. Tom Reilly
    August 5, 2018

    I had long forgotten what a handsome people they are. You are right, “jfrobb”–we are all one, there is no “them.”–Tom Reilly

    Liked by 1 person

  3. jfrobb
    August 5, 2018

    I’ve just been reading ‘The Book of Joy’ (Dalai Lama + Desmond Tutu). Which reminds us that we are all one, we are all the same. Your Portrait does the same.
    Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

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