The Road to Fallujah

The Road to Fallujah is a personal quest for understanding,  a journey through the largest battle of the “war on terror” that transcends the myths and misconceptions that perpetuate cycles of hatred and violence.

In November 2004, the largest urban battle of the Iraq War took place in the city of Fallujah, changing the course and outcome of America’s ambitions in Iraq.  Fallujah is considered by Iraqis to be a sacred and holy city— and by the American military as “the hotbed of the insurgency,” was largely destroyed in an eight-day battle called “Operation Phantom Fury.”

In January 2005, following the battle, filmmaker Mark Manning joined forces with an Iraqi human rights worker, Rana Al-Aiouby, and became the only un-embedded western civilian to live with the people of Fallujah and document their stories. Manning & Al-Aiouby were the only outside civilians to gain inside access to inside this forbidden city which, to this day, remains under controlled access to outsiders and the international press. The revealing documentary film, The Road to Fallujah, brings to light the true consequences of war, humanizes the issues, and gives a voice to the people directly involved and affected on both sides.  Film Web Site: