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A U.S. Army infantryman recounts his life-changing experiences at the scene of one of the most notorious incidents of the Iraq War.

In this raw, provocative documentary from independent filmmaker James Spione, one of the most notorious incidents of the Iraq War - the July 2007 slayings of two Reuters journalists and a number of other civilians by U.S. attack helicopters - is recounted in the powerful testimony of an American infantryman whose life was profoundly changed by his experiences on the scene.

U.S. Army Specialist Ethan McCord bore witness to the devastating carnage, found and rescued two children caught in the crossfire, and soon turned against the war that he had enthusiastically joined only months before. Denied psychological treatment in Iraq for his PTSD, McCord returned home, struggling for years with anger, confusion, and guilt over the war. When WikiLeaks released the stunning cockpit video of the incident in April 2010, McCord was finally spurred into action, and began traveling the country, speaking out for the rights of PTSD sufferers and against the American wars in the Middle East.

Film Credits

Directors: James Spione

Producers: James Spione

Photography: John Molinelli

Editing: James Spione

Music: Emile Menasche

Production Company: Morninglight Films


Academy Award nomination (Documentary Short Subject), Best Doc Short Tribeca Film Festival, Grand Prize Doc Short Rhode Island FF, Best Short Doc Boulder Film Festival, Audience Award Tallgrass Film Festival, Best of Fest Fargo Film Festival


UK Classification: None

Subtitles: No

Voiceover: No

Country: ,


Length: 23 min

Colour: Yes


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Incident in New Baghdad Screening:

  • Mon28May

    at Roundhouse

    28 May 2012

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