“Viewing of My Country, My Country”
Laura Poitras is an American documentary film director and producer. She co-directed, produced, and shot her 2003 documentary. Flag Wars, about gentrification in Columbus, Ohio. It received a Peabody Award, Best Documentary at both the 2003 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and the Filmmaker Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The film also launched the 2003 PBS POV series. It was nominated for a 2004 Independent Spirit Award and a 2004 Emmy Award. She is also a 2012 MacArthur Fellow.
Poitras held a viewing of her new film My Country, My Country (2006) at Bard about life for Iraqis under U.S. occupation, which was nominated for an Academy Award.