2002 November 19 Tuesday
Joel Soler Documentary On Iraq On Cinemax

Rufus Jones has written a review of a forthcoming documentary on Saddam by French filmmaker Joel Soler called "Uncle Saddam":

Besides decontamination, Saddam does have other hobbies: he enjoys joshing with his doubles, firing weapons into the air at mandatory-attendance rallies, dancing to traditional Arab music, smoking Cubans (cigars, not people), and going fishing with grenades. Risking life and limb, Soler periodically escaped his state-appointed minders (who he generously mentions in the documentary's credits: "Attempted to be directed by Abou Noor"), to film some of Saddam's palaces.

It begins to feel like an episode of MTV's "Cribs," except instead of the tacky "Scarface" posters typically favored by our nation's leading gangster rappers, Saddam's cribs come with all sorts of extra amenities: private casinos, gold-leaf thrones, escape bunkers, even underground runways. While Saddam does tend toward the ostentatious (after asking his people to donate their gold for the war effort against Iran, he later showed up in a solid-gold carriage), he's not above sharing his wealth. In 1998, we are informed, "When American planes began to bomb some of Saddam's palaces, Saddam invited the Iraqi people to sleep inside."

Also see my previous posts on the conditions in Iraq and Saddam's psychopathic sons. Also, see this link to Mark Bowden's "Tales Of A Tyrant" essay.

Update: Paula Zahn of CNN has interviewed Joel Soler about his documentary and you can see a video on the CNN website of part of the interview.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2002 November 19 12:08 PM  Axis Of Evil


Comments
Anna said at November 19, 2002 6:16 PM:

What a guy!

Don A. Holshuh said at November 22, 2002 6:54 AM:

Where can I see this amazing documentary?

Randall Parker said at November 22, 2002 7:45 AM:

Go to TVGuide.com and search on when it will be in your area and what channel it will be on. Just search on Saddam or Uncle Saddam. Since its on Cinemax you need a fairly high level of cable service to see it.

bonnie rzonca said at December 12, 2002 1:55 PM:

I was watching this documentary on Uncle sADDAM AND DURING THE PROGRAM THEY SHOW AN ART EXHIBIT MUSEUM ON PICTUR PAINTINS OF SADDAM. IN THE BACKGROUND OF THAT CLIP IS A SONG PLAYING MONA LISA. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE I CAN OBTAIN A COPY OF THAT SONG MONA LISA AND THE NAME OF THE RECORDING ARTIST WHO SINGS THIS SONE. ANY INFORMATION ON THIS WOULE BE GREATLY APPRECIATED, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR HELPING ME SINCERELY BONNIE RZONCA PLEASE E MAIL ME THANK YOU

allison said at April 6, 2003 12:46 PM:

yea, great guy! i'm sure that once he finished clearing out the tortured sports stars, gymnasts, "spies", and leftover blood and bodies, he was happy to share the newly empty space!

allison said at April 6, 2003 12:46 PM:

yea, great guy! i'm sure that once he finished clearing out the tortured sports stars, gymnasts, "spies", and leftover blood and bodies, he was happy to share the newly empty space!

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Very Bad filmmaker... it's boy- friend wedding bin laden said at October 7, 2005 4:26 PM:

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