Saturday, April 28, 2012

Perils Faced By Iraqis Who Helped U.S.

Film Highlights Perils Faced By Iraqis Who Helped U.S.
April 28, 2012 - There are more than 3,000 names on Kirk Johnson's list -- a list that has brought him incredible joy but which has also taken an emotional toll.

The names are of Iraqis who worked alongside Americans as translators and advisers during the more than eight-year-long Iraq war and who now fear for their lives and their families' safety. Just last week, one was mailed a syringe filled with poison and a note telling him to inject himself before the senders did so themselves.

Johnson has worked furiously for the last four years to help resettle these Iraqis in the United States. They seek him out after receiving death threats from Al Qaeda-affiliated groups and Iraqi insurgents who consider them the enemy for helping U.S. forces.

Now, a new documentary called "The List" {Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies} artfully dovetails the plight of these Iraqis with Johnson’s story. It had its world premiere at New York City's Tribeca Film Festival on April 21. A few nights later, producer and director Beth Murphy joined Paul Rieckhoff, the founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, for a postscreening talk. read more>>>

The List (2-minute trailer) from Principle Pictures on Vimeo.

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