The war in Iraq has been the bloodiest war in history for media professionals. From the beginning of the invasion in 2003 until March 2008, more than 270 deaths have been reported and many more men and women have suffered injuries.

This documentary presents a group of astonishing stories from the war in Iraq. It follows a journalist’s journey in today’s Baghdad and narrates the story of a mother who seeks an answer to the question of why her son was killed when his only weapon was his camera.

“Shooting vs. Shooting” reveals unknown sides to the facts, the responsibilities of governments and the atrocities committed during warfare, while simultaneously displaying unique examples of courage, altruism and humanity.


Nikos Megrelis is a well-recognized Greek journalist with a long career in Greek television as an editor in chief, diplomatic and political editor-analyst and anchorman of current affairs programs in the major Greek television networks Mega and Antenna. He has also produced numerous documentaries, including on Chile, Cuba, the neo-Nazi phenomenon in Greece and Europe, and the murder of Olaf Palme, Sweden’s prime minister.

In 2002 he was awarded with the prestigious Greek prize of the Botsis Foundation, “for the quality of his television programs”. He has been also awarded with the European prize Euro Comenius 2003, for his television documentary on the Prestige shipwreck and the environmental disaster it caused on the coast of Spain. In 2007 Megrelis received the Konstantinos Kalligas Award from the European Journalists Association, honoured “for his professional ethics and European orientation in journalism”. In 2004 Megrelis was elected to the executive committee of the International Federation of Journalists ( and was re-elected at its Moscow Congress in 2007.




DirectorIrini Vachlioti, Nikos Megrelis
Script EditorsNikos Megrelis, Yannis Maroudas
ProductionCL Productions, Film In Mind
Co-producersODEON, Faliro House Productions, Greek Film Centre, Neo Minima, ERT S.A. (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation)
PremiereMarch 18, 2011 – Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece