This article is from 2006.
The Document strand of the EIFF is always the most reliable, absorbing and consistent. Things get off to an impressive start with Aliona van der Horst and Maasja Ooms’ Voices of Bam, a poetic essay on the ancient city of Bam in the south east of Iran (a site which was left devastated by a huge earthquake in 2003). Staying in the Middle East ?" Laura Poitras’ My Country, My Country is a deeply upsetting portrait of the effect of the Iraq conflict on one good man ?" Dr Riyadh, a Sunni father of six and outspoken critic of the US occupation.
Yoav Checkpoint Shamir’s excellent documentary 5 Days which chronicles Israel’s August 2005 disengagement from Gaza is a vilifying time capsule lesson in how imagined borders and frontiers can create mass misery. With Doug Block’s withering family saga 51 Birch Street and Linas Phillips’ lovely Walking to Werner also in the programme, Document 2006 is an embarrassment of riches. (Paul Dale)
Voices of Bam, Filmhouse, 15 Aug, 5.30pm & 16 Aug, 6pm, £7.95 (£5.20).