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Voice of baghdad

Company :  NTV BROADCASTING COMPANY
Year :  2003
Duration :  40 min 09 sec
Total number of releases :  1
Correspondent :  Philip Trofimov
Written by :  Sergey Kholoshevsky
Directed by :  Natalie Vaskova
Producer :  Alexander Viktorov
Sergey Kholoshevsky’s documentary film portrays the recent developments in Iraq. The narration starts back in March 2003, two weeks before the beginning of the U.S.-led operation against Iraq. Baghdad streets are filled with the air of patriotism. Thousands of Iraqis participate in rallies against the aggression. The Iraqi television works hard either, producing and airing new anti-war clips almost daily. Common people worship to Saddam Hussein in Baghdad mosques. Portraits of Saddam are encountered nearly everywhere. Thousands of foreigners arrived in Baghdad to demonstrate their solidarity with Iraqis. Many did believe that the war would never begin. The first hours of war -- the night bombardments, streets are filled with horror, the first casualties…All of the Russian journalists -- Yevgeny Erlich, Roman Babayan, cameramen and -- are awaiting the morning at the hotel. Some are sleeping, others try to establish a link-up with Moscow. In the morning, all of them get on the bus to drive through Baghdad to inspect the consequences of the night bombardments. Twenty-one days after, the war is over. The U.S. tank pulls down the statue of Saddam in the center of Iraq’s capital.