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DCTV’s "Baghdad ER" Documentary Wins Four Emmys

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The documentary film, "Baghdad ER" was awarded four Emmys at the Prime Time Creative Arts awards ceremony on Saturday. The documentary chronicles life in the emergency room of the 86th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad’s Green Zone. It was produced by filmmakers Jon Alpert and Matt O’Neill of Downtown Community Television. [includes rush transcript]

We want to congratulate our colleagues Jon Alpert, Matt O’Neill and Lila Yomtoob, filmmakers here at Downtown Community Television in the firehouse building where Democracy Now’s studios are located.

Their film "Baghdad ER" just won four Emmys at the Prime Time Creative Arts awards ceremony on Saturday. The four Emmys are for Directing, Cinematography, Sound Editing and Merit.

"Baghdad ER" aired on HBO in May. The documentary chronicles life in the emergency room of the 86th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad’s Green Zone during a two-month period last year. The film caused controversy because of its graphic footage of soldiers suffering from, and in some cases dying, from their war wounds. In the run-up to its premier, the Army surgeon general warned military-personnel it could cause post-traumatic stress disorder, while the Secretary of the Army asked HBO to delete some footage from the final cut.

This is a clip from Baghdad ER.

  • Baghdad ER, clip from Emmy award-winning documentary.

Transcript

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is a clip from Baghdad ER, after a wounded soldier dies in the emergency room.

ARMY CHAPLAIN: Lord, you brought him to us. We tried everything we could to save his life. But it was not our — not up to us. Lord, we pray that his life and even his death might be used to hasten peace and end this terrible war.

DR. JAMES HILL: Another crummy day in Baghdad.

ARMY SURGEON: Very young, very young. P.F.C. hasn’t been in very long, and the specialist could have been in a few years, but could have come in as a specialist. A lot of young kids over here getting hurt.

AMY GOODMAN: An excerpt of Baghdad ER. Again, congratulations to Jon Alpert, Matt O’Neill, Lila Yomtoob, the whole group at DCTV. Baghdad ER has just won four Emmys.

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