James Longley
Documentary Filmmaker
Seattle, WA
2011 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Ford Foundation.

James Longley is a documentary filmmaker whose works examine the lives of people in conflict zones, mostly in the Middle East and South Asia. Longley’s 2006 film, Iraq in Fragments, offers an intimate view of the early years of the Iraq War through three different points of view—Sunni, Shiite, and Kurd. The film won numerous honors, including three jury awards at Sundance and was nominated for an Academy Award. His short, Sari’s Mother (2006), was also nominated for an Academy Award. Longley won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2009.

Portrait photo courtesy the MacArthur Foundation.
  • Artwork by James Longley
    Iraq in Fragments, 2006; photo credit the artist
Artwork by James Longley