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A Moment in Time

A powerful, lifelike narrative on the human cost of war.


In Andrew M. McGivern‘s harrowing war drama set in Iraq, viewers are thrust into the visceral chaos of a war-torn village under siege. Released in 2007, this short film captures the palpable fear experienced by a group of US soldiers dropped into the heart of insurgent attacks. The authenticity of the production is immediately striking, with helicopter sequences, artillery, and uniform details all contributing to an immersive, documentary-like realism.

One of the standout performances comes from Walid Alzubidi, who portrays a local Iraqi with a profound sense of duty to defend his rural town. His portrayal is both heart-wrenching and compelling, leading to a tragic standoff with the soldiers that underscores the human and psychological costs of war. Alzubidi’s performance is raw and powerful, highlighting the complex emotions and motivations at play.

The film’s production design is nothing short of outstanding. The rural village setting is well crafted, making the audience feel as though they are witnessing real events unfold. Chris Joseph Taylor’s cinematography deserves special praise; his tight and wide shots and keen eye for detail elevate the film’s visual storytelling, enhancing the overall drama of McGivern’s story.

The editing is sharp, perfectly weaving together intense action sequences and quieter, more contemplative moments. The acting across the board feels incredibly genuine, further blurring the line between fiction and reality.

McGivern’s film is really about the complexities of war, delving deep into themes of fear, duty, and the profound human cost. It’s a bold, authentic piece of filmmaking that deserves to be seen.

A Moment in Time Short War Film


Runtime: 12 min


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