“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. After leading reconstruction teams in Baghdad and Fallujah for the United States, Kirk discovers that many of his Iraqi friends and colleagues are being targeted as “collaborators with the enemy.” Perceived as traitors, their fates are sealed, and they are systematically hunted—killed, kidnapped, and forced into lives on the run. Frustrated by a stagnating government bureaucracy in the U.S. that fails to protect U.S.-affiliated Iraqis, Kirk begins compiling a list of their names and works with a team of lawyers to get them out of harm’s way. Bound by a sense of moral responsibility and honor, Kirk sets out to redeem a nation that has largely betrayed its Iraqi allies.
“The List” was filmed over four years in Iraq, Syria Jordan, Egypt, and across the United States.
To help your students get the most out of “The List” educational experience, download the core standards-based curriculum and study guide that has been written to accompany the film. Written by Teaching Documentaries (founded by Columbia University Teachers College curriculum writers) and distributed by Facing History and Ourselves, “The List” curriculum is designed to help explore essential questions and provide discussion resources.