Is a blog still a blog when it's on TV? That depends what your definition of the word "web." In this collection of 15-minute chunks made for the BBC, Salam Pax gives a cleverly worded and shot, non-partisan overview of reality outside the Green Zone. Tie-in with book collection of his blogs will help get this artifact into more fests and tube slots.

Is a blog still a blog when it’s on TV? That depends what your definition of the word “web.” In this collection of 15-minute chunks made for the BBC, Salam Pax gives a cleverly worded and shot, irascibly non-partisan overview of reality outside the Green Zone. Tie-in with paperback-book collection of his blogs will help get this artifact into more fests and tube slots, perhaps in updated configurations.

The inveterate blogger made his pseudonymous name with “The Baghdad Blog,” an on-line English-lingo journal of life before, during and since the U.S. invasion. An architect and decidedly Western-skewed fellow — his family home looks like it could be in suburban Wisconsin — he is clearly overjoyed to see Saddam overthrown. But as the occupation wears on, and his hometown becomes increasingly volatile, Pax is not so sure. By the time he finds younger high-school students chanting Hussein’s name like he’s the latest Che, all bets are off. Still, the blogger keeps just the right tone of slow-burning detachment, using hip music and snappy editing techniques to keep the word-heavy installments fresh.

Baghdad Blogger/Salam Pax: Video Reports From Iraq

Iraq

Production

A Guardian Films production, in association with BBC Television. (International sales: BBC, Newsnight, London.). Produced, directed, written, edited by Salam Pax.

Crew

Camera, (BetaSP) Pax. Reviewed at Vancouver Film Festival (Changing the World), Sept. 24, 2004. English dialogue. Running time: 90 MIN.
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