Documenting Life and Death in 'Baghdad ER' A new documentary airing on HBO puts a human face on the statistics coming from Iraq. Filmmakers Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill and Maj. Merritt Pember, an orthopedic surgeon featured in the documentary, talk with Debbie Elliott about Baghdad ER. Filmmakersspent two months in Iraq in 2006. Maj. Merritt Pember is an orthopedic surgeon who was featured in the film, and has returned to Fort Hood in Texas. They talk with Debbie Elliott about the documentary.