June 4, 2008
Studio: First Run/Icarus Films
Director: Nina Davenport
MPAA Rating: N/A
Starring: Muthana Mohmed, Liev Schreiber, Elijah Wood, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Copyright Holder: N/A
Official website: OperationFilmmaker.com
Filmed on the location of Liev Schreiber's first directorial effort, "Everything is Illuminated," as well as on the set of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's "Doom," and in Prague, London, New York, and Baghdad, "Operation Filmmaker" tells the story of how well-meaning Americans – including actor/director Schreiber, producer Peter Saraf ("Little Miss Sunshine"), and eventually also Davenport herself – intervene in the life of a young Iraqi film student. And how, not surprisingly, nothing goes as planned. Muthana's experiences on the overseas film sets are periodically contrasted with scenes of his family and friends in wartorn Baghdad. While "Operation Filmmaker" hoped to document a small victory out of the questionable mission of the U.S. war in Iraq, by its conclusion the film seems more a troubling metaphor for the invasion itself.