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DDocumentary Competition

The List

The List

Original Title: The List
Director: Beth Murphy
USA | English
2012 | 82min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic
Format: HDCAM
12+
The List is the story of a man who developed one of the most inspirational and heroic humanitarian projects in the aftermath of the Iraq War. Since 2007, young American Kirk Johnson has helped save the lives of hundreds of residents of the war-torn country. In The List, journalist and documentary filmmaker Beth Murphy follows Johnson’s fight for justice over the course of four years, bringing a largely unreported reality about the conflict to light.

During the war, thousands of Iraqis risked their lives to assist US forces. In a country where helping Americans is synonymous for many with being a traitor, these people were soon targeted by extremists. When US soldiers eventually withdrew from the country, the US government did next to nothing to protect their allies who had sacrificed so much for them. Shamelessly abandoned by the invaders, many were attacked, murdered or forced into exile. A former USAID employee who was involved in the reconstruction of Fallujah, Kirk Johnson soon realized the seriousness of this humanitarian crisis, and decided to set things right. He started to compile a list of Iraqi allies in danger, and has since relentlessly fought against an apathetic American bureaucracy to secure a safe living environment for these former employees. So far 1500 lives have been saved.

The List is a compelling portrayal of the extraordinary commitment of this courageous man, whose call for action serves as a powerful reminder of our moral responsibilities as human beings.

– Özge Calafato

Director,  Beth Murphy

Director,  Beth Murphy

Beth Murphy was born in the United States. She studied documentary filmmaking at the George Washington University Documentary Center and founded her production company, Principle Pictures, in 1999. She has directed and produced a number of television documentaries. Her first feature documentary, Beyond Belief (2008), won a number of festival awards. The List is her second feature.

Cast and Crew

Director
Beth Murphy
Production Company
Principle Pictures
Music
John Califra
Producer
Beth Murphy, Sean Flynn
Editor
Kevin Belli
Cinematographer
Kevin Belli
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