Battle for Haditha

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This article is about the 2007 drama film about the Haditha incident. For the Haditha incident, see Haditha Killings. For the 2005 Haditha battle, see Battle of Haditha.
Battle for Haditha
BattleForHaditha2007Poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Nick Broomfield
Produced by Nick Broomfield
Written by Nick Broomfield
Marc Hoeferlin
Anna Telford
Starring Elliot Ruiz
Yasmine Hanani
Matthew Knoll
Music by Nick Laird-Clowes
Cinematography Mark Wolf
Edited by Stuart Gazzard
Ash Jenkins
Distributed by HanWay Films
Release dates Spain:
14 December 2007
United Kingdom:
4 February 2008
Running time 93 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Arabic

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.

Plot[edit]

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 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[1][2] dropped all charges to all Marines involved.[3] The names of the involved parties have been changed in the film.[4]

Production[edit]

Shot in Jerash, Jordan, the film uses former US Military personnel and Iraqi refugees to play many of the roles.[5] 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.

Cast[edit]

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.

Film festivals[edit]

Battle for Haditha was presented at the Toronto Film Festival on 11 September 2007.[6] Director Nick Broomfield won the Silver Shell award for Best Director at the San Sebastian Film Festival on 29 September 2007.[7] It was also presented at the London Film Festival on 30 October 2007.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

As of May 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 67% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 30 reviews.[9] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 65 out of 100, based on 12 reviews.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Iraq says to take legal action for Haditha victims". Reuters. 26 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Walker, Mark (20 April 2007). "Immunity grants may signal problems with Haditha prosecution". North County Times. Retrieved 26 August 2007. 
  3. ^ MILITARY: Haditha Marine acquitted
  4. ^ "Time Out London interview with Nick Bloomfield". Archived from the original on 1 December 2007. Retrieved 18 November 2007. 
  5. ^ Koehler, Robert (17 September 2007). "Variety review of Battle for Haditha". Retrieved 18 November 2007. 
  6. ^ "Toronto International Film Festival schedule". Archived from the original on 26 October 2007. Retrieved 18 November 2007. 
  7. ^ "San Sebastian Film Festival official awards". Archived from the original on 5 October 2007. Retrieved 18 November 2007. 
  8. ^ "London Film Festival schedule" (PDF). Retrieved 18 November 2007. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Battle for Haditha Movie Reviews, Pictures – Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Battle for Haditha (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 

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