May 19, 2006

LA produces anti-suicide bombing ad for Iraq

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A simulated suicide bombing will be
filmed in downtown Los Angeles this weekend in a campaign by
prominent Iraqis who want to dissuade the bombers who have
wreaked a devastating toll on their country.

The 60-second edited film, a simulation of a Baghdad
marketplace bombing that will kill or injure 200 people, will
air on Iraqi TV in six weeks.

Los Angeles-based commercial filmmaker 900 Frames will film
and produce the staged suicide bombing, showing viewers the
time just before, during and after the explosion, in an effort
to capture the impact of the act.

A group of scholars, businessmen and activists in Iraq and
abroad put up the $1 million in production costs, which
includes hiring over 200 mostly local actors.

Iraqi leaders recently agreed on a national unity
government to curb sectarian violence in the country where
suicide bombings are an almost daily occurrence. More than
35,000 Iraqi civilians have died since the U.S.-led invasion in
2003, hundreds in suicide attacks.

900 Frames co-founder Drew Plotkin said it was "a
tremendous responsibility."

"This is about saving lives," he said. "If we do our job
right, it is quite possible this could be the way to stop
suicide bombing."