Battle for Haditha director-writer Nick Broomfield speaking this afternoon from Berlin (where he’s doing the final mix) about this partly improvised au natural drama that uses various points of view to tell the story of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq, in November 2005, by four U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb.
Filmed in Jordan around the same time that Brian DePalma was shooting Redacted, Battle for Haditha will have its world premiere at next month’s Toronto Film Festival. It will open in England in October, says Broomfield, and, he expects, probably in U.S. theatres before the end of the year.
“I thought it would be interesting to do a film about the Iraq War, but also to do something that reflects quite a complex story, where you couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t just choose an easy side,” Broomfield told the London Times‘ Catherine Phillip last May. “And Haditha is a compelling story. There are lots and lots of Hadithas in any war. When you throw together people of different cultures, different outlooks, no language in common, these things happen.”