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Films by Baz Shamoun - Where Is Iraq
Films by Baz Shamoun - Where Is Iraq

Short Film

Baz Shamoun


20 minutes

Produced by:
Enkido Productions

Arabic with English subtitles
    Official Selection, 2005 Abu Dhabi EFC Competition, World Premiere
Official Selection, 2005 Toronto Hamilton Film Festival, Canadian Premiere

Seventy-five days before Saddam Hussein was captured by the U.S. Army, an Iraqi-Canadian filmmaker tries to re-enter his homeland after 27 years of forced exile. In Jordan, he meets other Iraqis who are no longer able to cross the border: workers without jobs, truckers, cab drivers and anxious refugees. Worn down by years of war, sanctions, arbitrary arrests, torture and fear of execution, the men angrily recall the darkest years of the fallen regime. Still stunned by the course of events and uncertain about the future, they have no faith in the Americans, whom they believe are out for their oil. “Are we another Palestine?” asks one of them. Shot in the thick of the action amid the ongoing chaos, the film reveals Iraqi opinions and their versions of the unfolding story.

DVD copies also include DESIRE AND CLAY [1997, 32 minutes], an experimental film by Baz Shamoun in which a man undertakes a spiritual quest to reach unification with God. Through this long journey, he must free his mind, body and soul from all material needs.

This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.

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