British Universities Film & Video Council

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Saddam’s Road to Hell

Synopsis
Filmmaker Gwynne Roberts and a team of investigators led by Dr Mohammed Ihsan, Kurdistan’s Human Rights Minister, set off in an armoured convey across postwar Iraq to find out what happened to 8,000 Kurdish men and boys who went missing in the early years of Saddam Hussein’s rule. The evidence will become a vital part of the indictment against Saddam at his trial in Baghdad. The film shows backstreet shops where lawyers looking for evidence can buy documents looted from secret police archives, skeletons being dug out of mass graves in the desert, and videos of torturers blowing up prisoners or throwing them off rooftops. All the time, the threat of assassination hangs over the investigators. Made for the PBS series Frontline/World.

NB The film has been shown on television stations in 20 countries but not so far in the UK.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2006
Year of production
2006
Notes
See article by Nick Cohen in The Observer dated 2/7/06 (p.11)
Documentation
Related website giving background information and containing an audio interview with the filmmaker at http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/iraq501/video_index.html
Subjects
Media studies; Politics & government
Keywords
censorship; Hussein, Saddam; Iraq; massacres

Online availability

URI
http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/iraq501/video_index.html
Price
free, 31 minutes
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Contributor
Gwynne Roberts; Mohammed Ihsan

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD

Distributor

Name

PBS Frontline/World

Web
http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/ External site opens in new window

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