Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Anti-American Art: The Iraqi Mrs. Miniver

A woman cradles her dead child outside the wreckage of a Baghdad civilian air-raid shelter targeted by the US Air force during the "First Gulf War" in 1991, on this stamp issued by the Republic of Iraq on the tenth anniversary of the tragedy in 2001. Over 400 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed in the attack on the Al-Amiriya shelter, which was deliberately and not accidentally bombed. Puts 9/11 in a little perspective, doesn't it?

(My headline refers to the 1942 Greer Garson film Mrs. Miniver which tells the story of an English family in the early days of World War 2 as their town is bombed by the Luftwaffe. I would love to make a remake of this film set in Iraq.)


  1. thank and that film about aAmiriya shelter too

  2. Hi Ish,
    I am the filmmaker working on Al-Amiriya Shelter film. The script is written but still being improved for a realization next year hopefully. You can check out the film website on www.al-amiriyashelterfilm.com

  3. Sihamour, thanks for that link.

    I wish you the best of luck with the film; that's an important story that needs to be told. I will look over your site and put another entry on my humble blog linking directly to it.