Greetings from Missile Street

“I found Greetings From Missile Street a powerful and moving description of life in Iraq under the weight of the cruel sanctions imposed by the United States. It converts abstract statements into personal, immediate images. I hope it will be widely seen in the United States, because it may help arouse the conscience of our nation.”

— Howard Zinn, author, A People’s History of the United States

“…a country of twenty-two million people is regularly reduced to the image of one man, Saddam Hussein, the dictator who has ruled Iraq with an iron fist since the late 1970s, often with complicity of the West. (“We knew he was an S.O.B., but he was our S.O.B.,” a former Reagan Administration official once told The New York Times.) Less frequently seen is the image of daily life in Iraq, shown so movingly in Greetings from Missile Street, or the images of Iraqis suffering under the embargo. To witness these images, admittedly, is not easy.”

— Anthony Arnove, Cineaste

“To my knowledge, this is the best classroom resource on sanctions.”

— Bill Bigelow, from Teaching Gulf War II

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A young Iraqi girl and a song called “My Daughter” composed and performed by David Rovics. (4.6 MB)
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Kathy Kelly visiting

Kathy Kelly talks about an Iraqi family that provided her hospitality during her stay in Basra. (8.9 MB)

Lauren and Summer

Lauren Cannon talks with a young Iraqi woman named Summer about her opportunities under sanctions. (8.2 MB)

In the summer of 2000, members of the Nobel Peace Prize nominated Voices in the Wilderness, a campaign to stop the economic sanctions against Iraq, committed an act of civil disobedience. Facing up to twelve years in jail and fines in excess of one-million dollars, the delegates went to live in Basra, Iraq with families who survive on the U.N. Oil for Food Program rations. Delegates, who included two time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly, experienced first hand the hardships Iraqi families experience due to the economic sanctions imposed against their country. According to UNICEF, 5000 children under the age of five die every month, and one in ten children under the age of one in Iraq will die before his or her first birthday as a direct result of the economic sanctions.

Mainstream media in the United States has shown extensive coverage of Saddam Hussein, but virtually nothing about the people and families who live in Iraq. “Greetings from Missile Street” shows ordinary people living in Iraq, who have paid the price under economic sanctions.

Film Festival Screenings of “Greetings From Missile Street”:

  • Iraq Film Festival
    Stanford University
    January 23, 2005
  • Peace and Justice Film Festival
    Asheville, NC
    Western North Carolina Peace Coalition
    November 14, 2002
  • Women in the Director’s Chair Film Festival,
    Chicago, Spring 2001
  • Flickerings Film Festival,
    July 2001
  • Seattle Underground Film Festival,
    October 2001
  • Vermont International Documentary Film Festival,
    October 18-21, 2001
  • Visualized Film Festival,
    Denver, CO,
    November 8-11, 2001
  • “Why They Hate U.S.!” Film Festival
    Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
    New Orleans, LA.
    January 17, 2002
  • K-Can Film Festival
    Bainbridge Island, WA
    March 22-24, 2002
  • One World International Human Rights Film Festival,
    Prague, Czech Republic
    April 2002
    Available throughout the festival for viewing as part of the festival videotheque and screening room.
  • Tyneside Radical Film Festival
    May 15, 2002
    Newcastle Quayside, England
  • Before & After Film Festival
    Yale University, New Haven, CT
    September 13, 2002
  • Silver Lake Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    September 13-21, 2002
  • Peace and Justice Film Festival
    Asheville, NC
    Western North Carolina Peace Coalition
    November 14, 2002

“Greetings from Missile Street” has aired extensively on Free Speech TV, DISH Network channel 9415. Check their website ( for details.

“Greetings” is now available through the AFSC Video & Film Lending Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts: Link to borrow “Greetings” at AFSC

To obtain a copy of “Greetings From Missile Street”, contact Joe Public Films at

Thomas J. Nagy wrote an article for The Progressive titled The Secret Behind the Sanctions – How the U.S. Intentionally Destroyed Iraq’s Water Supply. It tells of Defense Intelligence Agency documents that show that “the U.S. government intentionally used sanctions against Iraq to degrade the country’s water supply after the Gulf War”.

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