Operation Filmmaker

Overview

Touched by the plight of an aspiring Iraqi filmmaker whose dreams of working in Hollywood seemed to fall with Baghdad, American filmmaker Liev Schreiber invites the ambitious wannabe director to intern on Everything Is Illuminated, to unexpected results. In 2004, just one year after the United States launched a devastating attack on Baghdad, MTV ran a story about a 25-year-old Iraqi film student named Muthana Mohmed, who remained determined not to let the strife that consumed his country consume his dreams as ...
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Overview

Touched by the plight of an aspiring Iraqi filmmaker whose dreams of working in Hollywood seemed to fall with Baghdad, American filmmaker Liev Schreiber invites the ambitious wannabe director to intern on Everything Is Illuminated, to unexpected results. In 2004, just one year after the United States launched a devastating attack on Baghdad, MTV ran a story about a 25-year-old Iraqi film student named Muthana Mohmed, who remained determined not to let the strife that consumed his country consume his dreams as well. At the time, American actor Schreiber was preparing to make his directorial debut with the film Everything Is Illuminated. After seeing the documentary on television, Schreiber was consumed by guilt for having so many amazing opportunities in the film industry and determined to give Mohmed the chance of a lifetime by inviting him to join the production of Everything Is Illuminated in the Czech Republic. Common wisdom dictates that "the road to hell is paved with good intentions," however, and as Mohmed attempted to balance the complications of living away from home for the first time with the cultural issues that arise while working with an all-American film crew, the situation quickly began to deteriorate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/16/2008
  • UPC: 854565001091
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Source: Icarus Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 90,249

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Muthana Mohmed Participant
Nina Davenport Participant
Dwayne Johnson Participant
Peter Saraf Participant
Liev Schreiber Participant
Matthew Stillman Participant
Technical Credits
Nina Davenport Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer
Dave Ellinwood Sound/Sound Designer
Aaron Kuhn Editor
Sheldon Mirowitz Score Composer
David Schisgall Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Operation Filmmaker
1. Introducing Muthana [13:50]
2. Things Get Complicated [9:42]
3. Back to Baghdad? [14:55]
4. No Man's Land [9:57]
5. Doom [18:32]
6. The Rock [8:23]
7. Muthana Fights Back [14:53]
8. Credits [1:42]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Operation Filmmaker
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Bonus Features
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Muthana Waits in Jordan
         Muthana's Video Diaries of His First Days in Prague
         Kouross Asks Muthana About His MTV Appearance
         A Filmmaker's Lament on the Cutting Room Floor
         Muthana's First Days in London
      Interview With Nina Davenport
      Filmmaker Biography
   About Icarus Films
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