Director Delivers Three Visions of War-Torn Iraq

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Mohammed Haithem Majid, 11, is scolded by the owner of the garage where he is an apprentice. James Longley hide caption

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Mohammed Haithem Majid, 11, is scolded by the owner of the garage where he is an apprentice.

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Followers of Moqtada al-Sadr attend a rally in Kufa Mosque. James Longley hide caption

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Followers of Moqtada al-Sadr attend a rally in Kufa Mosque.

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A Kurdish boy stands in Koretan, Iraq, where the U.S. presence is welcome. James Longley hide caption

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A Kurdish boy stands in Koretan, Iraq, where the U.S. presence is welcome.

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American director James Longley spent more than two years in Iraq filming the war-torn country as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shia and Kurds.

The resulting documentary, Iraq In Fragments is a series of profiles that include Mohammed, an 11-year-old mechanic apprenticed to an auto-shop owner in Baghdad; followers of Moqtada al-Sadr who are intent on pushing foreign invaders from their country and returning to Islamic law; and Kurdish farmers raising their families in the relative calm of Northern Iraq.

At the Sundance Festival earlier this year, Longley won three major awards for the documentary, which is filmed almost entirely in Arabic.

It is currently playing in some theaters around the country, and will air on HBO next year.

Alex Chadwick speaks with Longley about the film.

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