Film phase: Completed
The List tells the story of Kirk Johnson, a modern-day Oskar Schindler who is fighting to save Iraqis whose lives are in danger because they worked for the U.S. government and military to help rebuild Iraq. Perceived as traitors, they are systematically hunted — killed, kidnapped, and forced to live on the run. Kirk compiles a list of their names and works to get them out of harm’s way — all while shouldering the responsibility of an entire nation.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Beth Murphy is founder of Principle Pictures, a company focused on creating documentary films, impact campaigns, and news reports about pressing human rights issues globally. She is director/producer of nearly 20 films that have screened on the Sundance Channel, PBS, History Channel, Lifetime, and Discovery Networks, including the award-winning feature documentary Beyond Belief, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Beth is a Blogger for The Huffington Post and Correspondent/Producer for GlobalPost Special Reports. She is a fellow at Boston University’s Center for Iraq Studies and serves on the board of the International Institute of Boston.
The List launched in April 2012 to enthusiastic reviews (Tribeca World Premiere, HotDocs, Abu Dhabi FF – among many others). It was selected for a special human rights screening at Nantucket Film Festival and opened the Chicago Human Rights Watch Festival, and broadcast in Sept 2013 on World Channel/GlobalVoices series. The film was also featured in a 2012 New York Times Op-Doc, Forgotten in Iraq, written and produced by director Beth Murphy; Beth also completed a series of news reports for GlobalPost. The organization Facing History and Ourselves offers a curriculum, “Teaching The List,” to its network of 30,000+ educators and focuses on moral responsibility during war. A Capitol Hill screening in November 2013 coordinated by lawmakers was profiled in the National Journal, reaching 3 million influentials in public policy at a critical time during the debate about extending the Special Immigrant Visa legislation that protects Iraqi and Afghan allies.