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My Country, My Country 

Not Rated | | Documentary | Episode aired 2 June 2006
The director follows a Sunni Arab doctor as he prepares to run for the early 2005 elections in Iraq.


Laura Poitras

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Episode credited cast:
Dr. Riyadh Dr. Riyadh ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aaron Castle Aaron Castle ... Himself
Scott Farren-Price Scott Farren-Price ... Himself
Renato Gonclaves Renato Gonclaves ... Himself
Andre Remmers Andre Remmers ... Himself
Edward Robertson Edward Robertson ... Himself
Kristopher Scarcliff Kristopher Scarcliff ... Himself
Peter Towndrow Peter Towndrow ... Himself
Carlos Valenzuela Carlos Valenzuela ... Himself
Edward Wong Edward Wong ... Himself


Six months in Iraq, culminating in the national election on January 30, 2005. We watch logistic preparations for the election, with UN, US, Australian, and local personnel unsure if the election will be held as scheduled, bracing for violence and for world attention. We also cut back and forth to Dr. Riyadh, a Sunni physician who practices at the Adhamiya Free Clinic and prays at the Abu Hanifa Mosque. He's an Iraqi Islamic Party candidate for the Baghdad Provincial Council; he visits Abu Ghraib prison and speaks out. We meet his wife and daughters: the family is cheerful, ironic, and droll. Will his party participate in the elections? Will he vote? Is his family safe? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Kurdish | English | Arabic

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2 June 2006 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,546, 6 August 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,620, 19 November 2006
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After filming My Country, My Country, Poitras was placed on the United States Homeland Security watch list. See more »


Edited from My Country, My Country (2006) See more »

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This is the best Iraq documentary I've seen yet
21 March 2007 | by EightythreeyearoldguySee all my reviews

This has heart and it doesn't take sides. It's a portrait of real people. It also portrays what life in a country that's been invaded and occupied by another country is like.

Nominated for a best documentary Oscar, this had no chance against the front runner. It is an obscure movie in spite of its nomination and it is difficult to find on IMDb unless one searches diligently and perseveres in the search.

Others have told you what this documentary is. It follows the family of one of the candidates in the 2005 election. You see what their day to day life is like in present day Baghdad.

Whether you believe we belong there or not, this is a must-see film.

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