Reviews

Minneapolis City Pages:

The Unreturned, a feature-length documentary directed by Minnesota-born filmmaker Nathan Fisher, pulls off a feat of remarkable cinematic agility. A bald and intimate look into the lives of Iraqi refugees displaced to countries like Syria and Jordan in the wake of the war, The Unreturned is an artful and unflinching penetration of the wartime prejudices that the American public has been made to wear like Kevlar flak jackets, a potent cinematic solvent to the grotesque caricature of the Iraqi that the Western media has sold the world.

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Big Bend Sentinel:

The Unreturned ... is a critically important film for every citizen of the U.S. We all must see it to understand fully the effects abroad of the policies of the U.S. government, as well as to understand better the reality of the situation in Iraq today, more than seven years into what is sure to be an “enduring” occupation.

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Minneapolis Star Tribune:

(3 out of 4 stars.) Nathan Fisher's documentary attempts to shed light on the 4.7 million Iraqis displaced by seven years of war with the United States. The film follows five middle-class Iraqis, detailing their struggles in relocating to Syria and Jordan, the bloated U.N. bureaucracy and the sorrows of relative homelessness. Fisher's scope doesn't venture far from the individuals he documents, but their dialogue pokes at a litany of larger issues, including the U.S. and Britain's reluctance to accept refugees and the serious threat of blowback, as even a little girl shouts "I hate Americans!" This is a cringingly massive bummer, but it's also—as pointed out time and again by its subjects—an important, largely untold story.