Baghdad ER (2006)


Baghdad ER is a documentary released by HBO on 21 May 2006.

It shows the Iraq War from the perspective of a military hospital in Baghdad.


It has some relatively disturbing scenes in it (e.g. amputations), therefore the US Army is officially warning that military personnel watching it could experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The 86th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) – the US Army’s premier medical facility in Iraq and formerly one of Saddam Hussein’s elite hospitals – is the setting for this unforgettable documentary that puts a human face on the war’s cold casualty statistics. Directed by Emmy(R)-winner Jon Alpert (HBO’s ‘One Year in a Life of Crime’), the film profiles the doctors and nurses at the 86th who fight to save wounded soldiers who are Medevaced (helicoptered) in on a numbingly routine basis. In addition to capturing the drama of victims and caregivers in the ER, the film provides vivid frontline rescue footage with the 54th Medical Company Air Ambulance Team along with tension-filled scenes of soldiers patrolling what is considered the most dangerous road in the world: the five-mile highway from the Baghdad Airport to the CSH.


  • Awards:
    • Emmy Awards:
      • Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking.
      • Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming – Single-Camera.
      • Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming.
      • Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming – Single or Multi-Camera.
    • Peabody Award:
      • 2006.
  • Nominations
    • American Cinema Editors Awards:
      • Best Edited Documentary Film.
    • Emmy Awards:
      • Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming – Single-Camera.
      • Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming – Single or Multi-Camera.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Jon Alpert.
    • Matthew O’Neill.
  • Producer(s):
    • Jon Alpert … producer.
    • Sara Bernstein … supervising producer.
    • Joseph Feury … producer.
    • Carrie Goldman … field producer.
    • Lee Grant … executive producer.
    • Roberta Morris Purdee … line producer.
    • Sheila Nevins … executive producer.
    • Matthew O’Neill … producer.
  • Writer(s):
  • Music:
    • Nicholas Pike.
  • Cinematography:
    • Jon Alpert.
    • Matthew O’Neill.
  • Editor(s):
    • Carrie Goldman.
    • Patrick McMahon.
  • Production:
    • HBO Documentary Films (presents).
    • Downtown Community Television Centre.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Home Box Office (HBO) (2006) (USA) (TV) (original airing).
    • HBO Home Entertainment (2012) (USA) (DVD).
    • HBO Max (2020) (USA) (video) (VOD).
    • Home Box Office Home Video (HBO) (2006) (USA) (DVD).
    • NHK BS1 (2007) (Japan) (TV).
  • Release Date: 21 May 2006 (US).
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Running Time: 64 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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