Baghdad Blues – life in Iraq 19:00, 2004 (Ref: ME04394)


A remarkable film from Baghdad that paints a blunt and immediate picture of the scale of the divide between Iraqis and their American occupiers.

It shows a side of life in Baghdad never seen on television before.

We visit two communities – the Green Zone occupied by the Americans and Sadr City – one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Baghdad.

In the years after the Iraq war increasing numbers of ordinary Iraqis became embroiled in the battle between coalition forces and Iraqi militants.

But just why have the Americans failed to convince Iraqis that they have come as liberators – and not occupiers?

We discovered that despite good intentions, the American military is failing comprehensively in the most important battle of all – the one to win hearts and minds.