Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq


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Multimedia resources

This page lists the videos and other multimedia resources about sanctions on Iraq which CASI knows about. If you know of any others, or have more details for any of the videos listed, please contact us! Please note that we have not watched all the videos listed below so cannot necessarily endorse their quality.

Technical note: incompatible video formats are used in different parts of the world: make sure you get the right format! These countries (including the UK) use PAL. These countries (including the USA) use NTSC. These countries (including France) use SECAM.

Video and audio clips available on the internet are listed on a separate page.

Videos mainly about sanctions

Hans von Sponeck's video made for Swiss Television (still in production).

"Return to Baghdad", by Denis Halliday: made for RTE (Irish television). 33 minutes. Reporter: Mick Peelo, Producer: Julian Vignoles.

Aired in the programme "Would You Believe", in February 2001. "Return to Baghdad" brings Denis Halliday back to Iraq more than two years after his resignation as UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator in protest at sanctions. Further information is available here from RTE.

"Iraq: Paying the Price", by John Pilger, made for Carlton Television (UK). There is also an Italian version - contact Un Ponte Per. NTSC copies are available in the USA from Bullfrog Productions.

This excellent film was broadcast on UK national television in 2000 and has been widely used by the anti-sanctions community.

"Greetings from Missile Street". Made by Voices in the Wilderness US. NTSC copies available from Voices US. PAL (and NTSC) copies available from Joe Public Films (

This is a moving and informative film about the prolonged visit to Basra of a number of Voices US members during summer 2000.

"Hearing Children’s Voices?", made by Grant Wakefield in 1999. 11mins.

According to Colin Rowat: "Its strengths are: professional technique, good interviews with Denis Halliday and Hans von Sponeck. Where I think that it could be improved is in substantiating some of its figures and perhaps providing a bit more of recognition that there is serious and genuine debate about some of these."

"The Silent Weapon: The Embargo Against Iraq", made by the Institute for Development Training on behalf of the Compassion Iraq Coalition, 1999.

"From a Christian perspective, this film illustrates the impact of more than nine years of sanctions and calls for action from its viewers".

"Sanctions on Iraq - Weapon of Mass Destruction", made in 1999 by Desert Concerns. Available in NTSC and PAL format from Philippa Winkler (

According to the producer: "This 20 minute documentary shows how economic sanctions have dismantled the infrastructure of Iraq; how the screwworm fly, never before seen in Iraq, is infesting the country's livestock; how the UN sanctions committee holds up food and medicine; the dramatic rise in child mortality, birth defects and cancers, the physical and psychological torture of a people... ". According to Voices UK, "It is taken up with interviews with Iraqi government officials."

"Let Iraq Live", by Gloria La Riva, 1998, 28 min. Available from the International Action Center.

According to the IAC: "A companion video to the book "Challenge to Genocide: Let Iraq Live", [it] portrays the incredible journey of 84 people from the United States who risked 12-years imprisonment to take millions of dollars of medicine to the Iraqi people. Led by Ramsey Clark, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, and Rev. Lucius Walker in May 1998, the Iraq Sanctions Challenge is the story of civil disobedience on an international scale. "Let Iraq Live" exposes the human toll of US/UN sanctions on Iraqi society. An excellent educational tool for schools, mosques, and churches."

"Genocide by Sanctions", by Gloria La Riva, 1998, 28 min. Available from the International Action Center and

According to the IAC: "A powerful video that comes out of Ramsey Clark's 1997 trip to Iraq to document the effects of the blockade on the people there, particularly the children. This video contains important historical perspective that explains why the United States is so determined to maintain the sanctions. The video took second prize in the George Sidney Independent Film Competition in 1998. The third annual film competition was part of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival".

"The Children Are Dying", 1996 , 28 min., made by the International Action Center.

A companion video to the book, The Children Are Dying. A trip by a human rights delegation to Iraq in 1996 includes a view of the hospitals, schools and neighborhoods. The impact of the sanctions from destroyed water purification plants to empty pharmacy shelves takes on a visual form that supplements the statistics and charts of the UN Food and Agricultural team studies.

Audio CDs about the sanctions

Speech by Scott Ritter, on 2 July 2002 on "The Impending War against Iraq: A Catastrophe in the Making".

Available from the Traprock Peace Center, 103A Keets Road, Deerfield MA 01342 | (413) 773-7427. The CD is 53 minutes long and suitable for re-play on radio.

"The Fire This Time" by Grant Wakefield, 2000.

A fascinating and chilling compilation of music, interviews and narration about the Gulf War and sanctions.

Videos mainly about the Gulf War

"Iraq: War Against the People" - The Hidden Story of the Gulf War. Made in 1991 by Larry Everest. Order NTSC copies from or

"Hidden Wars of Desert Storm" - mainly about the Gulf War. PAL copies are available in the UK from Joanne MacInnes (tel 020 7241 4567). US copies from

"The hidden agenda of the Gulf War is revealed in this 60 minute in-depth documentary by US indy filmmakers Freewill Productions. Narrated by John Hurt, this two year investigation covers historical events leading up to the war, interviews with General Shwarzkopf, Denis Halliday, and Ramsay Clark, issues surrounding DU, and features documents never before seen on television. Among the Top Ten Best Films at Vancouver Film Festival and Grand Prize winner at the 2000 Cine Eco FF in Portugal".

Videos mainly about Depleted Uranium

"From Radioactive Mines to Radioactive Weapons", made in 1999 by Desert Concerns. Available from Phillipa Winkler (

According to the producer: "Depleted uranium particles from the explosion of US and UK bullets and tanks in the Gulf War contaminate the South of Iraq and beyond. Since the Gulf War we have seen an unprecedented rise in child cancers and birth defects in Iraq. This 35 minute documentary contains interviews about the procedures used by Dr Hari Sharma at his laboratory where he tested Gulf War Veterans for uranium and found them positive...Also shows a visit by UK Veterans to a hospital in Baghdad. The film begins with the tragedy of the Navajo uranium miners, who are now suffering a cancer epidemic after digging for the material used in nuclear bombs."

"Metal of Dishonor", made in 1996 or 1997, 50 min., available from the International Action Center.

According to the IAC, this is a companion video to the book of the same title. It exposes the Pentagon's use of depleted uranium weapons. The video takes you inside the burned out Iraqi tanks destroyed during the Gulf War, and into the hospitals where children are suffering from unknown diseases. It contains interviews with noted scientists, doctors and community activists. It covers the history of much of the nuclear cycle, from the thousands of exposures among the Marshall Islanders and the Atomic Veterans to the effects of mining on Native reservations in the United States.

"Downwind: Depleted Uranium Weapons in the Age of Virtual War", made in 2001, 50 min. Details and copies from Pinhole Pictures.

According to the producer: "Downwind draws a line from Hiroshima through the Nevada nuclear test site to the sands of Iraq and Kuwait, where thousands of soldiers and civilians were exposed to toxic, irradiating dust particles by the use of depleted Uranium tank penetrators. Blending broad issues of History and memory with the near ubiquitous control of war imagery by the military, Downwind raises questions about the true human cost when the desire for total victory outweighs the moral obligations of humanitarian intervention."



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