The Iraqi International Film Festival is back
The second edition of the Iraqi Independent Film Festival (IIFF) is set to take place from Oct. 1 to Oct. 7. The seven-day film festival, which is online and free, features shorts programs, feature films from established and emerging filmmakers as well as industry talks with the likes of Michael Rakowitz, Zahraa Ghandour and Mohammed Khalid.
1.‘Tonight, Next Week’ Filmmaker Khalid Alzhraou questions the disappearance of Iraqi cinema after the country’s political downfall in 2003.
2. ‘Leaving Baghdad’ Koutaiba Al-Janabi’s 2010 drama weaves real footage from Saddam Hussein’s now accessible archive into this documentary-style fiction.
3. ‘Balanja’ Directed by Ali Raheem, this tells the story of four Kurdish people who strive to save their town from the hardships and bitterness of the past.
4. ‘Iraqi Women: Voices From Exile’ This documentary from Iraqi filmmaker Maysoon Pachachi brings the voices of Iraqi women living in exile in Britian to the forefront of the political struggle.
5. ‘Return’ Chicago-based visual artist Michael Rakowitz’s "Return" began as a rented mailbox in Queens, New York, and is now a career-defining project.
6. ‘Paper Puppet Testimony’ The Kurdish uprising of 1991 is the focus of filmmaker Sherko Abbas experimental documentary. The video recounts the stories of Kurdish women held in the Red Prison.