Inside Iraq: The Untold Stories

Inside Iraq: The Untold StoriesOVERVIEW

Genre: Feature Documentary
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA
Running Time: 95 minutes
Medium: Digital Video

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Director: Mike Shiley
Producer: Page Ostrow
Executive Producer: Mike Shiley
Cinematographer: Mike Shiley
Distributor: Worldwide - Zia Films
Producer's Representative: Ostrow and Company


"While the rest of us were sitting at home watching the war on the nightly news, Mike Shiley decided to do something about it. He ingeniously made a fake press pass at Kinkos, rented a bulletproof vest, cashed in airline miles and even managed to get embedded with the US military on the frontlines in Iraq to make this powerful, exhilarating, and balanced view of the war in Iraq." - San Francisco Chronicle


The war in Iraq has been showcased as both an example of American decisiveness and the catastrophic result of failed leadership. But beyond the debate, what is the reality of life on the ground? In December of 2003 traveler Mike Shiley felt compelled to find out for himself. Shiley, who is not a professionally trained journalist or filmmaker, managed to strike a deal with a local ABC-TV station to bring back stories about the troops in Iraq. Armed with a digital video camera and a homemade press pass, Mike Shiley chronicled a two month journey inside Iraq, interviewing American and Iraqi soldiers, talking to local citizens, and putting himself in situations of great personal risk. The footage from Shiley's excursions throughout the Sunni Triangle, the city of Baghdad, the northern Kurdish region and the Shiite-controlled south, put into deep personal context the stories we hear about in the news. Rather than push a political point of view, INSIDE IRAQ: THE UNTOLD STORIES lets Shiley's camera roll, catching a multitude of real-life moments that tell it like it is.

Guided by his own narration and interspersed with cuts to the studio interview, we are shown Iraq as we've never seen it before, getting a raw look at what it's like to be a soldier and a civilian in Iraq today. No matter how you feel about the war, INSIDE IRAQ: THE UNTOLD STORIES is bound to leave you examining your own beliefs about the U.S. military, the Iraqi people, and our future in the middle east.