Baghdad ER is a documentary released by HBO on May 21, 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 U.S. Army is officially warning that military personnel watching it could experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).[1][2]

Baghdad ER
Baghdad ER cover .jpg
DVD cover for Baghdad ER
Directed byJon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill
Original languageEnglish
ProducersJon Alpert, Joseph Feury, Roberta Morris Purdee, and Matthew O'Neill
Running time64 minutes
Production companyHBO Documentary Films
Original releaseAugust 29, 2006 (2006-08-29)

After being given a Peabody Award, the show was featured in the April 13, 2007 broadcast of NPR's Fresh Air.

Awards and nominationsEdit


Carrie Goldman, Patrick McMahon, Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill accept the Peabody Award, June 2007.
On the right: Paula Zwillinger, mother of a fallen marine
  • 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[3]
  • Peabody Award


  • American Cinema Editors Awards:
    • Best Edited Documentary Film [1]
  • Emmy Awards:
    • Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming – Single-Camera
    • Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming – Single or Multi-Camera


  1. ^ Documenting Life and Death in 'Baghdad ER' : NPR
  2. ^ Democracy Now! | Baghdad ER: Documentary On US Military Hospital in Iraq Gets Cold Reception From Army
  3. ^ "Documentary Films". Archived from the original on 2007-03-19. Retrieved 2007-05-28.
  4. ^ 66th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2007.

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