Monday, June 11, 2012

35 films directly related to 9/11 and its aftermath, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan


35 films directly related to 9/11 and its aftermath, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and relations between the West and the Islamic world since 2001
  1. 11'09"01 (multiple directors, 2002) Various view-points on 9/11
  2. A Mighty Heart (Michael Winterbottom, 2007) About the kidnapping and killing of New York Times journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002
  3. Armadillo (Janus Metz, 2010) Documentary about Danish soldiers in Afghanistan
  4. At Five in the Afternoon (Samira Makhmalbaf, 2003) Iranian film about life for a young woman in Afghanistan after the defeat of the Taliban. 
  5. Battle for Haditha (Nick Broomfield, 2007) Dramatisation of real-life massacre of civilians during the Iraq War.
  6. Brothers (Susanne Bier, 2004) Drama involving soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. US remake in 2009 starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman
  7. Buried (Rodrigo Cortes, 2010) Mainstream thriller about an Iraq-based American truck driver who finds himself buried alive 
  8. Control Room (Jehane Noujaim, 2004) Documentary about Al-Jazeera and the 2003 invasion of Iraq
  9. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Stephen Daldry, 2011). From Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel, about a boy’s life after his father dies in the World Trade Center attacks 
  10. Fahrenheit 9/11 (Michael Moore, 2004) Documentary/film-polemic.
  11. Fair Game (Doug Liman, 2010) Based on the real-life story of Valerie Plame and Joseph C. Wilson, it revolves around the US claims that Iraq had yellow-cake uranium and how these claims were used to justify the 2003 invasion.
  12. Grace is Gone (James C. Strouse, 2007) John Cusack plays a father who takes care of two daughters after their mother dies serving in Iraq
  13. Green Zone (Paul Greengrass, 2010) About the search for WMD after the invasion of Iraq. Based on Rajiv Chandrasekaran non-fiction book ‘Imperial Life in the Emerald City’. 
  14. Gunner Palace (Michael Tucker, 2005) Documentary about the Iraq War 
  15. Hell and Back Again (Danfung Dennis, 2011) Documentary about a soldier in Afghanistan and his return to the US after injury
  16. Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire (Jeremy Earp, Sut Jhally, 2004) Documentary featuring Tariq Ali and Noam Chomsky amongst others
  17. In the Valley of Elah (Paul Haggis, 2007) A father, played by Tommy Lee Jones, seaches for his son who has gone missing after returning from Iraq. 
  18. Iraq In Fragments (James Longley, 2006) Documentary
  19. Lions For Lambs (Robert Redford, 2007) About various aspects of the Iraq War
  20. My Country, My Country (Laura Poitras, 2006) Documentary about life for Iraqis under American occupation
  21. No End in Sight (Charles Ferguson, 2007) Documentary about the Iraq War 
  22. Redacted (Brian De Palma, 2007) Dramatisation of a real-life incident where US soldiers gang-raped a 14-year old Iraqi girl
  23. Rendition (Gavin Hood, 2007) About an American woman whose Egyptian-born husband is the subject of mistaken identity and rendition by the CIA. Based on a true story.
  24. Restrepo (Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger, 2010) Documentary about US soldiers in Afghnisatan. Photojournalist Hetherington died soon after the release of the film while covering the war in Libya.
  25. Standard Operating Procedure (Errol Morris, 2008) Documentary about the Abu Ghraib scandal
  26. Taxi to the Dark Side (Alex Gibney, 2007) Documentary about an Afghan taxi driver detained and killed by US soldiers.
  27. The Ground Truth (Patricia Foulkrod, 2006) Documentary about Iraq War veterans.
  28. The Hamburg Cell (Antonia Bird, 2004) British TV movie docudrama about some of the 9/11 hijackers when they were in Germany 1998-2001
  29. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008). Drama/thriller about a bomb disposal team in Iraq.  
  30. The Road to Guantanamo (Michael Winterbottom, 2006) About three British-Pakistani/Bangladeshi men arrested in Afghanistan by the US military
  31. Twin Towers (Bill Guttentag, Robert David Port, 2003) Oscar-winning documentary short
  32. United 93 (Paul Greengrass, 2006) About the ‘fourth plane’ on 9/11/01
  33. Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (Morgan Spurlock, 2008) Documentary
  34. Why We Fight (Eugene Jarecki, 2005) Documentary about the military-industrial complex, especially since 9/11
  35. World Trade Center (Oliver Stone, 2006) Drama starring Nicholas Cage.

And another 12 that reflect Western cinema’s newfound interest in the Muslim World, 

  1. Body Of Lies (Ridley Scott, 2008)
  2. Charlie Wilson’s War (Mike Nichols, 2007) About the Russian-Afghanistan War in the 1980’s
  3. Four Lions (Chris Morris, 2010) Black comedy about inept Muslim terrorists in Britain. 
  4. In The Loop (Armando Iannucci, 2009)
  5. In This World (Michael Winterbottom, 2002) About two young Afghan refugees journeying from a refugee camp in Pakistan to London.
  6. Jarhead (Sam Mendes, 2005) About the 1991 Iraq War.
  7. Looking For Comedy In the Muslim World (Albert Brooks, 2005)
  8. Munich (Steven Spielberg, 2005)
  9. Syriana (Stephen Gaghan, 2005)
  10. The Kingdom (Peter Berg, 2007) 
  11. Towelhead (Alan Ball, 2007) About a Lebanese American teenager in the US during the the 1991 Iraq War.
  12. Traitor (Jeffrey Nachmanoff, 2008)



Honorable Mention (it’s a TV series, not a film): The Power of Nightmares (Adam Curtis, 2004) About the rise of Al-Qaeda and the neo-conservatives in the US

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