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IFFI 52, 037: Blood flows through the streets in Killing of the Eunuch Khan

IFFI 52, 037: Blood flows through the streets in Killing of the Eunuch Khan Iranian film Killing the Eunuch Khan (Koshtan-e Khajeh in Persian), by director Abest Abed, is in contention for the coveted ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal at the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India, an award given to the IFFI film that best reflects Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence. It portrays a serial killer’s apparently insatiable quest to slaughter others, to...

Ice, Review: Life v/s ice, too much too late

Ice, Review: Life v/s ice, too much too late Melancholia guaranteed, but so is good cinema. Ice is a 15-minute Estonian film that has been shown at 28 film festivals so far (correction: 35; update provided by Anna Hints), and won four (five, she says)  prizes too. Harri is a lieutenant colonel in the Estonian army. Divorced, he only sees his ten-year-old son during the school holidays. Harri decides to make up for lost time and take him on a trip to an island where he went with his fath...

Movie memories, by Siraj Syed—Fahrenheit 9/11(2004): Burning topics

Movie memories, by Siraj Syed—Fahrenheit 9/11(2004): Burning topics Fahrenheit 9/11 was released on DVD and VHS videotape on October 5, 2004, which is when I must have acquired my copy. Within a few days, the film broke records for the highest-selling documentary ever. About two million copies were sold/rented on the first day. A companion book too was released, The Official Fahrenheit 9/11 Reader, containing the complete screenplay, maker Michael Moore's sources, audience e-mails ...

12th International Oriental Film Festival Of Geneva

The festival presents a hundred films of all genres, from the countries of the East and West, and highlighting a cinema of quality shaking the norms and initiating dynamics of transformation of mentalities. The program explores oriental societies in their diversity and questions the boundaries between the East and the West, through fictions, documentaries and short films that are unknown or little known in Switzerland. FIFOG also seeks to initiate debates on themes related to the East as well as the West, to offer a platform of expression for young directors in Switzerland and the Orient, and to foster dialogue and understanding Intercultural dialogue.

Siraj Syed reviews Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk by Ang Lee

Siraj Syed reviews Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk by Ang Lee >“Americans are children, who must go somewhere else to grow up, and sometimes die.” > “How does anyone ever know anything—the past is a fog that breathes out ghost after ghost, the present a freeway thunder run at 90 mph, which makes the future the ultimate black hole of futile speculation.” >“It is sort of weird, being honored for the worst day of your life.” Trust Ang ...

"Through the Pane" to tour Iraq with Samawa Cinema!

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"Through the Pane" will tour Iraq with Samawa Cinema July 18-22, 2016. Director Dawn Westlake is particularly honored by this opportunity to participate in one of Iraq's four film festivals because it is her belief that culture promotes empathy...which in turn curbs violence. "Through the Pane" is based on Donald G. Westlake's memoir about his acceptance of his wife's death. They were very happily married for 62 years. Cinematography/Editing/VFX were executed b...

American Sniper, Review: Kyler instinct--all hits, no misses!

American Sniper, Review: Kyler instinct--all hits, no misses! Clint Eastwood told BBC arts editor Will Gompertz recently that he was not fond of the war in Iraq, but was "always sympathetic to veterans". At 84, he is quite a veteran himself too. It’s been a long time since the Rawhide series (early 1960s),  Sergio Leone’s Italian spaghetti Western that made him a star (Fistful of Dollars, 1964), the hard-hitting cop that was to become a prototype (Dirty Harry, 197...

"Covariance" to rep the US at the Baghdad Int'l Film Fest

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"Covariance" by Dawn Westlake will represent the US in the 5th annual Baghdad International Film Festival in Iraq from October 6-10, 2013. The film was made with three 5Ds through the generosity of Canon USA, Inc. Shot by Francesco Uboldi and edited by Brandon Bondehagen, the film stars David Razowsky and Dawn Westlake. Music is by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. This is the film's Middle East premiere and the 33rd festival acceptance for "Covariance". It has been nomin...

Blood Beach

Blood Beach by Kluckin Films Studio - Release Date: 2009-07-16 DOWNLOAD HERE http://www.filmbaby.com/films/4270

Leaving Baghdad - the Son

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Sadik in Baghdad

Leaving Baghdad

Director: Koutaiba Al-Janabi.
Leaving Baghdad is a road movie that follows Sadik, the personal cameraman to the leader Saddam Hussein, at the end of the nineties. Sadik is trying to escape the grip of the regime, being pursued from country to country, encountering smugglers and crooks on his journey. Sadik suffers from paranoia and constant fear. The Iraqi secret police are after him because he is carrying evidence of the atrocities committed by the regime. Sadik is dreaming to go to London, to join his wife who is, however, unwilling to help. In his despair and loneliness, Sadik writes letters to his son, Semir. These letters turn into a confession and reveal Sadik's past and the real reason for his fleeing , the endless waiting and his paranoia.

Iraq's Buried Memories

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  In a first for the Berlinale, a film from Iraq had its world premiere last evening in the Panorama section. SON OF BABYLON, co-written and directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji, is a stirring drama about coming to terms with tragedy and moving forward despite the burden of personal loss. Filmed in stark poetic set pieces, the film follows the journey of a Kurdish grandmother and her precocious grandson as they travel (mostly on foot) to discover the fate of the boy's father, who has been miss...

Dancing under Crossfire

This is a trailer for the documentary film 'Dancing Under Crossfire' by Hayder Helo. If you are interested in the film and its developments, please drop us a line at dance.from.iraq@gmail.com

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