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Up to now the War in Iraq has differed from Vietnam in one respect: no black comedy. This documentary from Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker might change that. At a certain point, injustice and stupidity can only be taken as theater of the absurd. Shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, US soldiers raided the Baghdad home of Iraqi journalist Yunis Abbas and took him and his three brothers prisoner. After a series of demeaning interrogations over several days, he finally learned what they were being charged with: plotting to blow up Tony Blair. He remembers laughing when he heard this. No matter, he and two of his brothers remained at Abu Ghraib in Andersonville-like conditions for nine months before being released with an apology. The directors underscore the insanity of the situation by depicting some of his experiences as a graphic novel. As for Abbas’s dignity and innocence, they speak for themselves.
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