February 2, 2007
Studio: Shadow Distribution
Director: Philip Haas
MPAA Rating: R (for violence, language and a scene of sexuality)
Screenwriter: Wendell Steavenson
Starring: Connie Nielsen, Damian Lewis, Mido Hamada, John Slattery, Tom McCarthy, Peter Eyre, Shaun Evans, Said Amadis, Omar Berdouni, Nasser Memarzia, Mahmoud El Lozy, Driss Roukh
Official website: TheSituationmovie.com
Combining elements of thriller, romance, and war movie, "The Situation," set exclusively in Iraq and the first U.S. feature film to deal with the occupation, dramatizes one of the countless human stories that lie behind the headlines of the current war. When a group of American soldiers throw an Iraqi boy off a bridge in Samarra, the incident sets off a chain of events that exposes the deep rifts among the Iraqis in Samarra and results in yet another cycle of violence between the insurgents and the corrupt Iraqi police. Anna (Connie Nielsen) is an American journalist who decides to write a story about the assassination of an Iraqi leader whom she admires. At the same time, she is pulling away from a relationship with Dan (Damian Lewis), an American intelligence official who thinks the war can be won with hearts and minds, and towards Zaid (Mido Hamada), a young Iraqi photographer who shows her there are people, rather than sides, in the conflict. As she tries to make sense of the half-truths of Iraq, she gets caught up in the violence and finds her life in danger.