Around Town: Film Screening: Iraqi Odyssey

Fri, November 27, 2015 6:00 pm at IFC Center

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November 27 - December 1, 2015

Iraqi Odyssey by Samir Jamal al DinDocumentary | 2014 | Switzerland | 162 minutes | in English and Arabic with English subtitles

For trailer, please view here.

For screening schedule, click here.

The 6:05 PM screenings on November 27 and November 28 will be followed by Q&A with director.

Iraqi Odyssey is Switzerland’s Official Submission for "Best Foreign Language Film" at the 88th Academy Awards.

There are an estimated four to five million Iraqis living outside of Iraq today. Tracing the emigrations of his family over more than a half century, this documentary epic from acclaimed expatriate Iraqi filmmaker Samir pays homage to the frustrated and democratic dreams of a nation plagued by the horrors of colonialism, dictatorship, war and foreign occupation. Weaving together the ironic, wistful, and witty testimonies of Samir’s relatives with rare documents from private and state archives, Ottoman film footage and 3D technology, Iraqi Odyssey delivers a genuine people’s history of Iraq that is humble and majestic.

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Samir is an Iraqi-born writer, director and producer living in Switzerland. He attended the School of Design in Zurich, completed an apprenticeship as a typographer and subsequently trained as a cameraman with Condor Films. He has worked as a freelance director and cinematographer as well as a writer and member of Videoladen Zurich. Since 1994, he has helmed the Dschoint Ventschr film production company, where he has directed and/or co-produced over ninety features and documentaries addressing cross-cultural themes.

Selected Filmography

  • Iraqi Odyssey (2014)
  • Escher, the angels and the Fibonacci numbers (2010)
  • Snow White (2005)
  • Interim Language (2003)
  • Forget Baghdad (2002)
  • Norman Plays Golf (2001)

Last updated: 2015-11-23 22:33:53

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