Caught in the Crossfire, Fallujah the Real Story, and Wrongful Death
Caught in the Crossfire Iraq
In November 2004, the city of Fallujah was a major battleground in an Iraq invasion. Fallujah has now been declared pacified and a battle of Fallujah has been declared a victory by the American administration. Caught in this Crossfire is an eyewitness account from only independent journalists that lived with some people of Fallujah since that battle.
Independent filmmakers Mark Manning and Rana Al-Aiouby traveled to Fallujah, not embedded, to live with some refugees and experience life from their point of view, returning with them to their destroyed city after that siege. They experienced military checkpoints, witnessed devastation of thousands of homes, shops and mosques, and documented that siege as recounted by those who survived inside that city during a battle. Some people of Fallujah asked them to tell their story to the world; they are fulfilling that request with a release of Caught in the Crossfire.
Shot from November two thousand four to April two thousand five inside the city of Fallujah, Caught in the Crossfire details conditions experienced by civilians as they endured violent clashes and consequences of an Iraq war and became refugees outside eyes and care of an international community. A joint production of Iraqi and American filmmakers with a budget of less than $7000, Caught in the Crossfire was filmed entirely not embedded, outside protection or influence of military or corporate media, in order to capture a unique and honest perspective of some civilians themselves. By detailing what is actually happened to civilians in combat zones, this film shows why many people in Iraq have lost faith in stated American policy goals and why America has lost some hearts and minds of some Iraqi people.
Fallujah The Real Story
January two thousand five, two months after the United States launched its biggest ever assault on Fallujah, what exactly happened inside that city has, until now, remained a mystery. Now, for a first time, Guardian films reveals a true story. It was billed as a resounding military success.
Over one thousand two hundred insurgents were meant to have been killed and another two thousand trapped inside Fallujah. But now this version of events is being challenged. Far from being crushed, rebels claim they left that city in an organised withdrawal.
“It was a tactical move,” explains insurgent leader Alazaim Abuthe. “The fighters decided to redeploy to Amiriya”. Before they left, fighters booby trapped many bodies.
People are too scared to move them so those corpses lie rotting all over this city. Rabid dogs feed off them and then attack returning residents. Far from stabilising Iraq in preparation for this month’s election, an assault on Fallujah has fanned a flames of civil war.
Today Fallujans are too busy trying to stay alive in freezing refugee camps to worry about ballot papers that haven’t arrived for an election they have no intention of voting in. As one resident comments, “We’re not interested in this sort of democracy”.
August two thousand seven, no one knows how many civilians have been killed “accidentally” by United States troops in Iraq. This moving report examines several wrongful deaths in Kirkuk. Karzan’s seventy five year old uncle was shot eighty six times after he failed to slow down at a checkpoint. Local police chief, General Qadir, believe soldiers often panic and shoot to kill, instead of; “firing more warning shots”.
Relatives left behind feel particular bitter that no one is held accountable for these mistaken deaths. “The Americans have done nothing and my family’s lives have been ruined”, laments one woman. Do you think the United States military murdered innocent Iraqi's?