Of Iraq's 39 collection entries, the most frequently occuring year of production was 2001, close to but predating the US coallition invasion of Iraq by two years. Many of these films seem to reflect escalating Western awareness of instability in Iraq. Of the 7 2001-made 'Iraq' films in the collection, some significant entries are US-made documentary films about the Gulf War of the 90s and the disarming of Iraq, a UK-made documentary film about the Middle East's attitudes to the US in a post-9/11 climate, and a small number of Iranian-made films that are fictional narratives dealing with Iranian/Iraqi relations.
Only two films, one in 2008 and one in 2015, have been added to the collection since 2007 when US began the process of withdrawing from Iraq. Both entries are documentary features from Australia, and both directly address the conflict in Iraq from the perspective of Western military that served in Iraq. There are no retrospective films in the collection created after the 'end' of the US-led conflict with Iraq that address Iraqis themselves or life in Iraq after the war.
The collection's Iranian films addressing Iraq, many of which are about Iraq's political unrest, present their themes in fictional/narrative formats, such as 'Bashu: The Little Stranger' and 'Blackboards'. The majority of these Iranian projects address the many historical conflicts in Iraq, oftentimes with a pacifist or resolution-seeking point-of-view. These Iranian-made collection items all pre-date the invasion of Iraq by the US and its coallition.
The vast majority of films made during the 2003-2007 period of war in Iraq are non-fiction/documentary features from the US, UK, or Australia. Many are self-critical of the Western governments they come from, such as the anti-Howard Australian film 'Time To Go John', or the US-made 'Farhenheit 9/11'. Others, like Hadi Mahood's Australian documentary 'Iraq My Country: An Exile's Return to Samawa', blend perspectives as they are produced in Western countries, but come from the perspectives/voices of Iraqi film-makers. This film in particular aims to give voice to the people of Iraq in light of the US-led invasion, contemporary to the time of war.