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"Caught in the Crossfire"

The Human Impact of Siege of Fallujah Examined

"Caught in The Crossfire" Filmmaker and his Film Appear in Riverside

(March 17, 2006)

Riverside, California — A documentary film depicting the devastating impact of war on Iraqi civilians, ““Caught in the Crossfire”: the Untold Story of Falluja,” will be shown at Riverside's historic Unitarian Church in downtown Riverside at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2006.

The film is being shown as part of KUCR Radio 88.3 FM's "Issues and Dialog" public affairs series, in cooperation with the church's Social Justice Committee. A panel discussion with the filmmaker, Mark Manning, will follow.

With exclusive footage never before seen in western media, ““Caught in the Crossfire”” tells the story of the civilians of Fallujah, Iraq. In November 2004, the American military took siege of the ancient city which is about the size Cincinnati, Ohio, with a population estimated at 250,000. Some international observers have described what happened to the civilian population as “a humanitarian disaster” and accused American media outlets of ignoring events in the city.

Shot from November 2004 to April 2005 inside the city, “Caught in the Crossfire” details the conditions experienced by civilians during the clashes and consequences of Operation Phantom Fury. Thousands became refugees from their homes and the city they had known all their lives.

By living with the refugees, the filmmakers were able to experience life from their point of view, the reality of checkpoints and the devastation of homes and businesses. They witnessed and recorded the shattering accounts of death and destruction among those who remained in the city during the fighting. “Caught in the Crossfire” dispels myths about war and the nature of the “enemy” and puts a human face on the suffering in Iraq.

The American attack on Fallujah, along with revelations of torture at Abu Ghraib, is what some say, the single worst mistake in America’s strategy in Iraq — and may have lost the hearts and the minds of the Iraqi people and produced the widespread resistance movement in that country.

“Caught in the Crossfire” is a joint production of Iraqi and American filmmakers, and was filmed without official approval or oversight. This hour-long event is free and open to the public.


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