How did you meet Sari and his mother, and what inspired you to make a film about them?
I had been to Iraq a couple times before the war started when Saddam Hussein was still in power. That regime was a little too controlling, and I couldn't start filming until after the war had begun. At that point I found a situation where the country was in chaos, but it also meant that there was a kind of freedom which had not been there maybe ever for documentary filmmakers like myself to work in. I was looking for stories of people's lives to get a bigger picture of what was going on in Iraq. I started filming in different areas in Baghdad, up in the north, down in the south, following people I had met, hoping to make a series for television. That eventually wound up being my feature film Iraq in Fragments.