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Once Upon a Time in Iraq

Series 1

Fallujah

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for years

At the start of the Iraq War in 2003, over 600 journalists and photographers are given permission by the US government to follow the war as embedded reporters. Dexter Filkins and photographer Ashley Gilbertson are working for the New York Times when they enter Fallujah with Bravo Company in November 2004.

It is the most intense battle of the entire war and the biggest the marines have fought since Vietnam. For the duration of the battle, both journalists live with the marines, filing their stories as they are constantly shot at. Illustrated by thousands of photographs taken by Gilbertson that week, many of them never before published, as well as unseen material taken by the marines themselves, this film takes viewers into the heart of the battle. Gilbertson’s decision to capture an image of an Iraqi sniper shooting from inside a minaret changes not only his life but the lives of the soldiers with him.

Nidhal Abed has lived in Fallujah her entire life. On 4 November 2004, her two-year-old son Mustafa is running a high fever. She leaves her home to take Mustafa to the doctors just a few streets away. What happens next ensures their lives are also never the same again.

With unique archive of the battle itself, this story is told through the marines, journalists and residents of Fallujah. Show less

Contributors

Narrator:
Andy Serkis
Director:
James Bluemel
Editor:
Anna Price
Composer:
Simon Russell
Series Producer:
Jo Abel
Executive Producer:
Will Anderson
Executive Producer:
Andrew Palmer
Production Company:
KEO Films

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