Micah Garen

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Micah Garen is a photographer, documentary filmmaker and writer, and founder of Four Corners Media.

On August 13, 2004, Garen and his Iraqi translator, Amir Doushi, were kidnapped and held hostage in Nasiriya in southern Iraq. On August 19, a video aired on al-Jazeera in which Garen appeared sitting on the floor in front of masked insurgents with weapons making demands for his release. His captors eventually turned Garen and his translator over to representatives of Moqtada al-Sadr in Nasiriya. They were released unharmed on August 22, 2004.[1]

With his partner Marie-Hélène Carleton, Garen is currently working on the films The Road to Nasiriyah[n 1] and If[2]


  • Micah Garen and Marie-Hélène Carlton. American Hostage: A Memoir of a Journalist Kidnapped in Iraq and the Remarkable Battle to Win His Release. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005. ISBN 0743276604 (hardback). New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007. ISBN 1416586318 (paperback).


  1. ^ The website of the film is theroadtonasiriyah.com.


  1. ^ "Al-Sadr gets US journalist released", Al-Jazeera, 23 August 2004.
  2. ^ Michelle Aldredge, "Four Egyptian Women, Two Filmmakers, One Revolution", Gwarlingo, 21 July 2011.

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