Backstabbing for Beginners

Synopsis: A young program coordinator at the United Nations stumbles upon a conspiracy involving Iraq's oil reserves.
Director(s): Per Fly
Production: A24 and DIRECTV
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

I don't want you to do anything

that makes you uncomfortable, Michael.

Just keep your eyes and ears open,

that's all.

For God and Country.

I was aware going in

that the Oil-for-Food program

had become something

of a political football.

The program budget

was 10 billion dollars a year.

The entire rest of the UN

operational budget was only two.

There was crazy money to be had.

Special interests circling like buzzards.

The program was simple.

Because of the economic sanctions imposed

against Saddam Hussein

after the first Gulf War,

Iraq's economy had crashed.

People were starving and dying

from a lack of basic medicine and staples.

The Oil-for-Food program

was designed to provide Iraqi citizens

with what they needed to survive.

While at the same time, preventing Saddam

from developing his alleged

weapons of mass destruction.

Under UN supervision,

Iraqi oil was being sold at market prices

to pay for humanitarian aid.

Our job was to keep it funded

by making sure everything

went by the book.

I'm here to present the summary.

He'll be with you in a minute.

...this fucking regime!


Yes, I sorted it.

There's always a solution.

No, we chartered

a load of taxis, filled them.

That should last the outlying villages

till we get the trucks back.

You call this a summary?

Fucking War and Peace.

Sorry, sir, I was trying to be thorough.


Yes, sir.


Well, just give me the highlights, kid.

Otherwise we'll be here till spring thaw.

Yes. We have,

decreased the malnutrition rate,

reduced child mortality.

We've also,

made big strides

in access to water and electricity.

There are, however, some,

systemic distribution failures,

particularly in the North.

The Kurds are getting shorted,

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Per Fly

Per Fly Plejdrup (born 14 January 1960) is a Danish film director, generally credited simply as Per Fly. He is married to Danish actress Charlotte Fich. They have two children Anton and Aksel together. more…

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