Season 2004 Episode 02.12.04

Beyond Baghdad

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 12, 2004 on PBS
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Beyond Baghdad
In "Beyond Baghdad," Smith, co-producer Marcela Gaviria, and cameraman Scott Anger -- the team who produced the October 2003 "Truth, War and Consequences" and the November 2002 "In Search of Al Qaeda" -- set out on a five-week journey across Iraq, from the Kurdish north through the Sunni Triangle to the Shiite south, taking a hard look at the social and political reality beyond the political corridors of Baghdad. In interviews with American commanders, local businessmen, tribal sheikhs, ayatollahs, and politicians from across Iraq's political landscape, the documentary explores what it will take to stabilize the volatile nation and transfer power to the Iraqi people. "Beyond Baghdad" reveals a seriously fractured Iraq, where modest successes in nation-building have been offset by widespread inter-ethnic and sectarian rivalry, frustration, and violence.moreless

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