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FORGET BAGHDAD


Directed by | Samir

Genre documentary  |  Length: 110mins  |  Year of production: 2002


Full Title: "Forget Baghdad: Jews and Arabs The Iraqi Connection"

Iraqi Swiss filmmaker, Samir, takes on stereotypical and historically novel distinctions between ‘Jews' and ‘Arabs' in this deeply thoughtful film about IraqiJewish communists who left Iraq for Israel in the 1950s. Drawing on insightful interviews with academics (including Ella Shohat), novelists (Sami Michael and Samir Naqqash) and other ‘Iraqi Israeli Jewish Arabs', as well as upon archival research and footage, the film explores a fascinating set of political, cultural, religious, national and linguistic tensions linked to the emergence of new and potentially exclusive ways of identifying as Jewish or Arab. In so doing, the film confronts central issues of identity at the heart of national and ethnic conflict.

Winner – Zurich Film Prize, 2002 Critics Week Prize, Locarno, 2002