Falluja -- the city that became the symbol of Iraqi resistance to the US occupation in April 2004, when the US launched a major assault involving thousands of troops on the mostly Sunni city. In the one-month-long siege, around 730 people were killed, and some 2,800 wounded.
Ten days after, in early May 2004, Toshikuni Doi, a freelance journalist, visited Falluja with a camcorder to discover what had actually happened inside the besieged city. A number of the city’s residents, men and women, spoke to him. What turned the "city of mosques" into the "city of resistance"? How did US troops carry out their attack on the city? What was the impact on the city’s residents? What was it like there during the fightings? And what was the human cost?
"Falluja, April 2004", a 55-minute pure documentary film with no additional music or effects, shows what a military operation means to a city and its people.
Falluja, April 2004
Director and Camera: Toshikuni Doi
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Toshikuni Doi, born in 1953, is a Japanese independent journalist. He has published numerous articles in many first-class journals and has made scores of documentary films for news programs. He also has eight books published in Japan, two of which are "The Jews in the USA" (1989) and "The Palestinians in the USA" (1989).
Since 1985, he has visited the occupied territories many times and almost lived there for months, extensively reporting from Palestinian villages and refugee camps. He also has covered Asia, notably atomic bomb victims in Korea who were in Hiroshima or Nagasaki in 1945, Korean women who were forced to become sex workers/slaves by the Japanese army, and street children in Thailand and Vietnam. His coverage of the Japanese goverment’s refugee policy has been much praised. Since April 2003, he has visited Iraq under occupation four times, focusing on civilian victims of war, women’s rights and prisoners' mistreatment, or torture.
He has also traveled extensively in the U.S.A.