Posted at 5:41 PM on February 9, 2007
by Euan Kerr
James Longley decided to go to Iraq when it became clear war was inevitable. He made it to Baghdad, before war broke out, but was unable to get the permission he needed to shoot the documentary he wanted to make.
He was forced to leave, only to return in April 2003 when as he put it "The Iraqi border hung open like a door off its hinges."
He stayed for two years, shooting 300 hours of video of life around the country. The resulting film, "Iraq in Fragments" is nominated for the best documentary Oscar. It opens at Minnesota Film Arts next week.
I chatted with Longley today for a while and he told me this story of going on a raid with followers of the Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr. They went to stop merchants who were illegally selling alcohol at an outdoor market. It's well worth a listen
We'll air the interview with Longley will air next week, and of course on the web too.