"MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY," POV FILM, LAURA POITRAS, DIRECTOR w/ Mary Glenney, Women's Show

10/21/06

Democratic Elections in a War Zone? LAURA POITRAS, Director, “My Country, My Country.� Can a foreign military force bring Western-style democracy to the Muslim world? For U.S. military and diplomatic planners in Iraq, the answer to both questions has been a resolute "yes." For Iraqis, these contradictions have led to tragic consequences as political uncertainty and mounting violence continue to dominate daily life more than three years after the U.S. invasion.

The state of democracy, both Iraq's and the United States', is the focus of Laura Poitras's new documentary, "My Country, My Country," an unforgettable journey into the heart of war-ravaged Iraq in the months leading up to the January 2005 elections. Working and traveling alone in Iraq during a time when few Western journalists ventured from their compounds and bodyguards, filmmaker Laura Poitras captures the war and the elections from the inside. www.pov.org. Film will air on WEDU, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 10 pm. Note day and time.

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