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IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS at Walter Reade Today

Our best wishes are with filmmaker James Longley today, as he is currently experiencing Iran’s post-election turmoil firsthand. AJ Schnack posted a series of emails from Longley, which show the country’s rising tension from an insider’s perspective. The posts culminate with Longley’s troubling detention by Iranian authorities. Making movies is important, but Longley’s safety is more important. One hopes he leaves the country before worse things can happen.

Coincidentally, Longley’s Oscar-nominated Iraq in Fragments is screening today at 4pm at the Walter Reade as part of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival’s Special Anniversary Event. If you can’t make it in time, you can always buy the DVD at Amazon.

— Michael Tully

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Michael Tully was born and raised in Maryland and now lives on Tennis Court in Brooklyn. His most recent narrative feature, Septien, world-premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects. In addition to directing Cocaine Angel (2006) and Silver Jew (2007), he is also a proud alumni of Filmmaker Magazine's annual "25 New Faces of Independent Film" club (2006). Visit his indieWIRE blog Boredom at its Boredest——for more sporadic personal updates.

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