Filmmaker Q&A: Andrew Himes

| January / February 2006

Director, Voices in Wartime

While researching the article "The Docs of War" (January/February 2006), I watched at least a dozen documentaries about Iraq. One that truly stands out is Voices in Wartime, a film about the role of poets and poetry during times of conflict. In the end, the film didn't quite fit with the focus of my article, which was more about docs looking at the experiences on the ground, both for the Iraqi civilians and the occupying soldiers. But I didn't want to let this excellent interview with Andrew Himes, director of Voices in Wartime, go to waste. Herewith. -- LU

Leif Utne: What inspired you to make Voices in Wartime in the first place? Why the focus on poetry?