Directed by Laura Poitras • 2006 • United States
Filmed in Baghdad, MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY profiles Dr. Riyadh al-Adhadh, an Iraqi doctor, father of six, and Sunni political candidate. An outspoken critic of the U.S. occupation, he is equally passionate about the need to establish democracy in Iraq, arguing that Sunni participation in the January 2005 elections is essential. Yet he sees chaos all around him as his waiting room fills each day with patients suffering the physical and mental effects of ever-increasing violence. Dramatically interwoven into the doctor’s personal journey is the landscape of the U.S. military occupation, teeming with private security contractors, American journalists, and the UN officials who orchestrate the elections.