Once Upon a Time in Iraq
- James Bluemel
- Jo Abel (Producer) and Will Anderson (Executive Producer)
- Footage Archive Researcher:
- Miriam Walsh (Archive Producer) and Mariam Koloyan (Archive Researcher)
- Archival Sources:
- Frank Blake Special Collection, Julia Guest, Ashley Gilbertson, BBC News and Broadcast Archives / Getty Images, AP Archive
- Production Company:
- KEO films
- Country of Production:
- United Kingdom
The Iraq War is the defining conflict of our age and set in motion a calamitous chain of unforeseen events that are still playing out today. The politicians and decision makers have already had their say. In this series, directed by multi-award winning director James Bluemel, the story of the Iraq war is told instead by civilians, journalists, and soldiers - ordinary people from both sides of the conflict, who lived through the 2003 invasion and the 17 years of chaos that followed. Told with hope, humanity and humour, and illustrated with extraordinary and never before seen personal archive, this series takes us closer to the realities of the invasion, occupation, civil war and life under ISIS than has ever before. Through their eyes we see how events in Iraq have changed the world forever.
In episode 2, astonishing testimony is vividly illustrated by rare and unseen footage which brutally exposes the growth of the insurgency in Iraq in the aftermath of the Allied Invasion in 2003.