He was the most vilified dictator of our generation, a ruthless Machiavellian whose attempt to impose his will, and ubiquitous image, on Iraq and its neighbours led to a pair of wars with
the U.S. and, finally, his capture and execution. Where did Saddam Hussein come from? How did he rise to power?
Who were the family members and confidantes he trusted and betrayed?
How widespread were the atrocities perpetrated during his reign? What was it like in the waning months, weeks and days of his rule? This four hour HBO miniseries tells, with stunning authority and detail, the behind-the-scenes saga of Saddam Hussein.
Over the course of 27 years, Saddam rose from peasant origins to the highest office in Iraq, consolidating his power by executing those who posed real or imagined threats, and surrounding himself with family members – ultimately his notorious sons Uday and Qusay.
Along the way, Saddam pushed aside his wife Sajida for a young mistress, orchestrated the death of Sajida’s brother Adnan (his closest confidante), and forced two cousins of high rank who had
married his daughters to divorce their wives before meeting a grisly end. In the end, House of Saddam reveals its title character as a man of undeniable vision ultimately brought down by his
own flaws – especially an unquenchable thirst for power, attained at all costs, including the sacrifice of those who were closest to him.
Starring Igal Naor (Munich, Rendition), Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog), Philip Arditti (10 Days to War), Amr Waked (Syriana), and Christine Stephen-Daly (Bunheads).
Fridays 8.30pm from October 10th on SOHO