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Festival of Iraqi Culture Event: Film Screening: 3rd i Presents a Panorama of Iraqi Cinema

Thu, March 21, 2013 6:30 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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"What If" by Jassim Mohammed Jassim

Animation | Iraq | 2012 | 3 min.

"Chacroal and Ashes" by Hussein Mohsen

Short | Iraq | 2011 | 7 min.

"Speak Your Mind" by Imad Ali

Short | Iraq | 2011 | 15 min.

"The Widow" by Hassanin Al-Hani

Short | Iraq | 2011 | 15 min.

"Sing Your Song" by Omar Falah

Short | Iraq | 2011 | 15 min.

Intermission

"Life After the Fall" by Kasim Abid

Documentary | Iraq | 2008 | 100 min.

Doors open at Alwan for the Arts at 6:00 pm

Tickets: $10 at the door ($5 for Students, Seniors, & Alwan members)

SYNOPSIS FEATURE FILM PRESENTATION

"Life After the Fall" by Kasim Abid

Documentary | Iraq | 2008 | 100 min.

This award-winning documentary eloquently depicts the lives of director Kasim Abid's family in Iraq following the American invasion. Abid returns to his native country after a 30-year absence and is greeted by jubilant family members with high hopes for the post-Saddam future. But over the course of four years, hopes are dashed and despair sets in as the family watches the violence and vigilantism that has beset daily life in Baghdad. Bullets and bombs, kidnapping and gas shortages, unemployment and sectarian violence characterize their stressful, fragmented lives. The filmmaker artfully chronicles the quotidian life of the Abid family against history-making events such as the first democratic elections and the trial of Saddam Hussein. Without an end in sight, we watch as the Abid family members individually take steps to ensure their own survival amidst the prolonged state of chaos.

Kasim Abid holds a diploma from the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad and an MA from the Moscow Film Institute VGIK, and has lived in London since 1982. He has worked as a cameraman for Channel 4, BBC and other British satellite stations. For six years, he worked as the Head of Documentary Programs at the Arab channel MBC, and later, as Head of the Camera Department at ANN. He directed and produced award-winning "Naji Al Ali: Artist With Vision" (London Arab Film Festival, 2000), "Surda Checkpoint" (Iraqi Short Film Festival, 2005) and "Life After The Fall" (Documentary Film Festival, Munich, 2008). In 2003, he co-founded the Independent Film and TV College in Baghdad, where he conducts media training for Iraqi filmmakers (www.iftvc.org) Also in recent years, he has acted as a jury member at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2010 and the director of two film festivals in Iraq (Documentary Film Festival, www.dffiq.com, 2011; and Baghdad Eye-Human Rights Film Festival, www.baghdadeye.org, 2012).

SYNOPSES SHORT FILMS PRESENTATION

"What If" by Jassim Mohammed Jassim

Animation | Iraq | 2012 | 3 min.

"What If" is a short animation film about a sweet and dreamy exploration into the possibility of living in peace.

Jassim Mohammed Jassim graduated from the College of Fine Arts in Baghdad. He worked as a cartoonist and directed ‘Al-Meftah’, an short animation film that won top prize at the Iraq Short Films Festival (2005). He also directed ‘So What?", which won 3rd Prize at the 2010 Gulf Film Festival in Dubai.

"Charcoal and Ashes" by Hussein Mohsen

Short | Iraq | 2011 | 7 min.

"Charcoal and Ashes" presents part of the destruction of the Iraqi environment and landscape as trees are felled for coal. The film also reflects upon the Iraqi economy and the reasons people feel compelled to cut trees in order to escape poverty and hunger.

"Speak Your Mind" by Imad Ali

Short | Iraq | 2011 | 15 min.

Iraqi journalists have paid an enormous price in defense of their rights to freedom of expression and thought. Since 2003, 253 journalists of Iraqi origin have been killed, reflecting the tragedies journalists have lived through in the shadow of the deteriorating security situation in Iraq. The film explores the experiences of three Iraqi journalists: Ibrahim Jassam, who was arrested by US forces and spent a year and a half in American-run prisons, without being charged, Ibrahim Al Katib, who was completely paralyzed when shrapnel from a car bomb penetrated his brain; and, Kawthar, who constantly received death threats, was kidnapped and finally, forced to leave Iraq in November of 2010

Imad Ali studied at the Cinema Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad. In 2006 and 2007, he participated in the second documentary film course at the Independent Film and TV College in Baghdad. He made his film, "A Candle for the Shabandar Cafe" during this course. During the shooting for this film, he was injured, but eventually recovered, with the film winning 3rd prize in the Student Documentary Section of the 2008 Gulf Film Festival in Dubai.

"The Widow" by Hassanin Al-Hani

Short | Iraq | 2011 | 15 min.

Iraq is a country of widows and orphans, almost without parallel, with approximately three million widows - most of whom live below the poverty line. The film is a portrait of one of these widows, an impoverished woman from the city of Kerbala, who lost her husband to sectarian violence. Left with only her children, she tries to live and face life’s problems on her own.

Hassanian Al-Hani is from Kerbala. He studied at the Cinema Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad. In 2006 and 2007, he participated in the second documentary film course at the Independent Film and TV College in Baghdad, during which he made his film, "A Stranger in His Own Country". Today, he lives in Kerbala and works as a director and presenter at various TV stations in the area. He continues to make new films.

"Sing Your Song" by Omar Falah

Short | Iraq | 2011 | 15 min.

Majid is a talented young singer of Iraqi folk music. Working in southern Iraq can be a daunting challenge for musicians; and, we discover how Majid and his band persist with their passion against all odds.

Omar Falah was born in Iraq and studied cinema at the Academy of Fine Arts, Baghdad University. He has participated in filmmaking workshops that have focussed on human rights. ‘Sing Your Song’ is his first documentary. Omar currently works as a director at one of Iraq’s local TV stations.

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About 3rd i NY

3rd i NY is a monthly film/video/media salon designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers, who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

3rd i NY Sponsors

3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts 3rd i NY's monthly screenings series. 3rd i NY is also grateful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.


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