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Operation Filmmaker

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Released 2007

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Director:
Nina Davenport
Released:
2007
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Operation Filmmaker is a documentary about good intentions gone horribly wrong. In 2004, actor Liev Schreiber was watching an MTV show spotlighting a young Iraqi film student, Muthana Mohmed, who wanted to continue his studies but had difficulty due to the difficulties in his country at the time. Schreiber decided to hire Mohmed as an intern on the film he was directing at the time "Everything is Illuminated." Figuring it would make an interesting story, Schreiber also enlisted Nina Davenport to document the story. He expected it to be an uplifting story of a young man overcoming long odds. Rather than being grateful, however, Mohmed bristled at being forced to perform lowly tasks like fixing snacks and making copies. Finally, he stormed off the set, perplexing his well-meaning benefactors. Davenport follows Mohmed even after production finished on "Everything is Illuminated" and shows the misunderstandings that can attend American's expectations of other cultures.

Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Rolling Stone Peter Travers

    This gut punch of a documentary will knock you for a loop. File it under "no good deed goes unpunished."

  • 60

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Although Ms. Davenport pushes the analogy between this modest rescue operation with America's invasion of Iraq a bit too forcefully, she nonetheless makes her point with persuasive...

  • 60

    Variety Eddie Cockrell

    Picture raises pithy questions sure to provoke animated discussions pro and con. Credit Davenport for a mostly unbiased presentation that presents her own disenchantment in a balan...

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