Amir’s Iraq | Marie-Hélène Carleton and Micah Garen | Granta Magazine

Amir’s Iraq

Marie-Hélène Carleton & Micah Garen

An Iraqi teacher, author and interpreter shares his perspective on a country recovering from trauma.

Marie-Hélène Carleton

Marie-Hélène Carleton is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and writer. She is currently completing her first feature-length documentary film about the destruction of culture in Iraq as a result of the war. The film is being executive produced by Oscar winner Alex Gibney and produced by the Oscar-winning team, Wider Film Projects. Her short films have appeared online for The New York Times, Newsweek and the Financial Times. She is co-author of the critically acclaimed memoir American Hostage, published by Simon and Schuster in 2005. A co-founder of the media production company Four Corners Media, she was selected to participate in the inaugural 2011 Film Independent Documentary Lab in LA, as well as the 2009 IFP Documentary Film Lab.

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Micah Garen

Micah Garen is a writer, documentary filmmaker and photographer who has worked in conflict zones around the world.  His documentary film work has appeared in the New York Times, BBC, FT, APTN, PBS, and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. His critically acclaimed first book, American Hostage, a memoir about his time as a hostage in Iraq in 2004, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2005. He founded Four Corners Media with his partner Marie-Hélène Carleton in 2000.

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