A film about the press, the people of Iraq, and the international group of human shields during the first thirty days of the Iraq war

by LaRita Smith

LaRita Smith was 79 years old when she arrived in Baghdad on the 18th of March 2003, a day ahead of Shock and Awe. LaRita spent the following two months in Baghdad, until the Marines and their tanks appeared in the protected zone of the Geneva Convention Accords, which was unprotected after all.

To order the film, please send $29.00 to

LaRita Smith
5582 Old Canton Road
Jackson, MS 39211

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  • DVD
  • Mini DV
  • VHS NTSC
  • DVD Zone Zero

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Title scene from movie


Title scene from movie


Picture of artist

A year following the seizure of 12 hours of her video at the Jordan/Iraq border, LaRita Smith painted the following scenes from memory. Oil, watercolor and acrylics. Contact LaRita Smith for purchase price.

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Stealth and Helicopter over Iraq desert buzzing funeral procession

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Apache Helicopter gunner pulled out of Tigris River from 5th floor of Palestine Hotel

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Oasis is hit by aircraft

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Apache gunner taken to Baghdad television station, surrounded by swollen Iraqi corpses

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Tigris River sunset

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Bodies gathered by truck

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Farmers in irrigateed eggplant field are hit by cluster bombs

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Sandstorm covers bodies during first week of war

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Funeral procession in desert

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Body parts floating onto Tigris River bank 1

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Body parts floating onto Tigris River bank 2

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Body parts floating onto Tigris River bank 1

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Ephemeral Sculpture

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Human Shield curses Shock and Awe deliveries

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Iraqi desert

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F-16 and helicopter view of mosque and overflow area at prayer time - unfinished

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F-16 and helicopter view of mosque and overflow area at prayer time - finished

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Body parts floating onto Tigris River bank 4

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Dead soldier and invaded household

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Decapitation, simulaneous with news announcement

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International media members in Iraq

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Film festival poster