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Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) Directed by Abbas Fahdel Parts 1 and 2 October 6-12 at Anthology Film Archives Iraqi-French director Abbas Fahdel’s Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) is the best film I’ve seen about the disastrous US invasion and occupation of Iraq. At five-and-a-half hours long, Homeland will likely test the endurance of even the most hardcore cinephiles. Yet every second of that runtime is meaningful, with Fahdel documenting verite-style on home video his Baghdad family’s fear and...
Migrating Forms March 4-10 at BAM Returning for its 7th annual festival, Migrating Forms takes a slightly different tack this year, aiming for depth over breadth by showing multiple works from the artists and collectives within each program of shorter works, as well as multiple features from single directors. It’s a welcome change for the New York festival environment—where work tangential to what might have once been termed the "avant-garde" often winds up slotted into eclectic...
Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) screens at 5:30pm on Monday, October 5, with the documentary spotlight of the 53rd New York Film Festival. The greatest film that I saw at this year’s edition of Olhar de Cinema screened on the Brazilian festival’s first and last days. Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) needed full days to itself, and not simply because of its running time. As has happened to me when watching Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah (1985)—another lengthy, interview-and-landscape-based...

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