Filmmaker Laura Poitras spent eight dangerous months documenting the life of an Iraqi medical doctor and his family as they struggled to maintain hope amidst the bombings, bloodshed, and military occupation.
When she returned to America, Poitras was labeled with the highest possible threat rating from the Department of Homeland Security. Her resulting film, "My Country, My Country," is an intimate portrait of daily life in the war zone. On Friday October 13, NOW's David Brancaccio talks to Poitras about her eye-opening experiences working on what The Village Voice calls "the most valuable piece of film to emerge about the war in all of its three years."
Poitras' film will debut on the PBS documentary series "POV" on October 25.
Starting this Friday, the NOW website at www.pbs.org/now will offer more clips from "My Country, My Country", insight into the life and work of Laura Poitras, and more perspective on life in Iraq.