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Nowhere to Hide

  • Rating: ***
  • Audience: High School to Adult
  • Price: Public performance: $59.95 Home use: $29.95
  • Date: Copyright 1991. Released 1991.
  • Descriptors: Clark, Ramsey. Persian Gulf War.
  • Production Information: Live action. Produced by Jon Alpert. Color. Also available in Beta, Betacam, PAL, SECAM. Stereo. 28 min.
  • Available from: The Video Project 5332 College Ave., Ste. 101 Oakland, CA 94618 (510) 655-9050, (800) 4-PLANET
  • Cataloging: 956.7 Iraq-Kuwait Crisis, 1990-1991||Iraq - Social conditions
  • Print Entry #: 3:434
  • Reviewer: Chas Hansen

    To call this video Iraqi propaganda is too strong. Still, its opening shot of weeping Iraqi mothers seems like an appeal to emotion rather than to reason. This said, Ramsey Clark's journey to Iraq on 2 February 1991 was not only a courageous act but historically significant as well. His efforts have furnished us with firsthand reports and video footage as the air war raged.

    Forced to drive at night without headlights, Clark entered a dangerous, eerie world of blasted tanker trucks and bomb craters large enough to swallow a car. Baghdad was without electricity or power. Many neighborhoods were in ruins. In Basra, the recent damage added to the earlier wreckage inflicted during the ten-year Iran-Iraq War. The most affecting scene takes place at a hospital; Clark interviews a doctor, clearly in despair, as he attempts to treat an endless stream of injured people without benefit of electricity or medicine. Behind him we hear a chorus of groans raised by the wounded. At the time of Clark's departure, civilian casualties were estimated at 15,000.

    Given the technical difficulties there must have been in shooting this program, the visual and sound quality is excellent.

    Although the viewer might not share Clark's outrage at the Iraqi pain and suffering inflicted by the Persian Gulf War's bombing, one might still thank him for bringing us this part of the tragic story as it unfolded on the ground in Iraq.

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