Battle for Haditha
|Battle for Haditha|
|Directed by||Nick Broomfield|
|Produced by||Nick Broomfield|
|Written by||Nick Broomfield
|Music by||Nick Laird-Clowes|
|Edited by||Stuart Gazzard
|Distributed by||HanWay Films|
14 December 2007
4 February 2008
Battle for Haditha is a 2007 drama film directed by British director Nick Broomfield based on the Haditha killings. Dramatising real events using a documentary style, Battle for Haditha is Broomfield's follow up to Ghosts. The film was aired on Channel 4 in the UK on 17 March 2008.
The film is inspired by the Haditha killings incident that occurred three months after the Battle of Haditha in the Iraq War. On 19 November 2005, 24 unarmed Iraqi men, women and children were killed because they were insurgent sympathizers and did not warn US forces about an I.E.D that killed 1 Marine and seriously wounded 2 others and were killed by a group of United States Marines in Haditha, a city in the western Iraq province of Al Anbar. Since the release of the film, however, the US military justice controversially dropped all charges to all Marines involved. The names of the involved parties have been changed in the film.
Shot in Jerash, Jordan, the film uses former US Military personnel and Iraqi refugees to play many of the roles. However, the film was shot in an unconventional way – it was shot sequentially enabling the cast to build their characters as the story progressed. It also used real locations, and a very small documentary style film crew. This greatly added to the feeling of reality. Actors, while working from a detailed script, and the final form of the film reflects that structure, were also able to improvise and add to the dialogue, making it their own.
The film features Elliot Ruiz as Cpl Ramirez, a Marine who loses his composure after watching a friend die, Jase Willette as PFC Cuthbert, the young Marine whose death sets off the chain of events, Yasmine Hanani as Hiba, a young Iraqi woman stuck in the middle of the chaos, Eric Mehalacopoulos as the no-nonsense Sgt Ross, Falah Flayla as a former Iraqi Army officer turned insurgent, and Thomas Hennessy Jr. as a Navy corpsman assigned to Kilo company.
Battle for Haditha was presented at the Toronto Film Festival on 11 September 2007. Director Nick Broomfield won the Silver Shell award for Best Director at the San Sebastian Film Festival on 29 September 2007. It was also presented at the London Film Festival on 30 October 2007.
As of May 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 67% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 30 reviews. Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 65 out of 100, based on 12 reviews.
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- Official website
- Battle for Haditha at the Internet Movie Database
- Battle for Haditha at Rotten Tomatoes
- Battle for Haditha at Metacritic
- Battle for Haditha at AllMovie
- Defend Our Marines interview with Elliot Ruiz