(64 minutes) Iraq/USA
Directors/Producers: Jon Alpert and Matthew OíNeill
The hour-long verité documentary Baghdad ER offers a raw and rarely seen look at the day-to-day hardship, humanity, heroism, and sacrifice of the U.S. Military and medical personnel "just doing their jobs" in Iraq. Allowed unprecedented access over a two month period in 2005 to the 86th Combat Support Hospital, producers/directors Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill followed the doctors, nurses, medics, soldiers, chaplains, and others in the Army's premier medical facility in Iraq. Thanks in part to the skill and dedication of trauma center teams like the one depicted in the film, wounded troops in Iraq have a 90 percent chance of survival, the highest rate of war survivors in U.S. history. At times graphic in its depiction of combat-related wounds, Baghdad ER is a socially relevant account of war in our timeóemotional, devastating, and honest.
A filmmaker, Jon Alpert has won eleven National Emmy Awards for News and Documentary Programs and one National Emmy for Sports Documentary. After the Vietnam War, he was the first American TV crew to film in Vietnam. When Fidel Castro came to address the UN in 1979, his team was the only non-Cuban media allowed access to Castro. After the Gulf War, he was the only reporter to have interviewed Saddam Hussein. Alpert is the co-founder and co-director of the Downtown Community Television Center, Americaís largest and most honored nonprofit community media center, located in a landmark Tribeca firehouse.
Matthew O'Neill is a video journalist, producer, and director currently working for DCTV in New York. He worked on Bolivia: Coca and the Congressman for PBS's Wide Angle, as well as To Have and Have Not: The Changing Face of China. In the spring of 2004 he was awarded the Pew Fellowship. His documentary Venezuela: Revolution in Progress aired on the Discovery Times Channel in April 2005. In the summer of 2005 he spent over a two month period in the 86th Combat Support Hospital in Iraq for filming Baghdad ER. He won two local Emmy Awards for Best Political Journalism and Best Youth Programming. Matthew grew up on Long Island in New York State and graduated from Yale College.
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