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Bristol - Event Notice
Sunday March 24 2013
Start Time: 02:00 PM
Reel Iraq - Celebration of Iraqi Film, Music and Literature
bristol | peace | event notice Tuesday March 05, 2013 11:38 by Matthew Cheney bristol at reelfestivals dot org
On the 24th March, The Cube Cinema and Microplex in Bristol will host a series of events as part of Reel Iraq 2013.
The Cube will be welcoming artists who have travelled from Iraq for the festival, while also engaging Iraqi and Kurdish creatives based in the South West. This promises to be a truly unique event whilst encouraging debate about what has, and hasn’t, happened in Iraq over the last decade.
DOORS OPEN 2.30PM
Sing your song (2011) By Omar Falah
Majid is a talented Iraqi folk singer from Nasriyah in southern Iraq. Along with his band, he strives to keep music alive in his city, despite the threats of extremist Islamist groups and unappreciative local officials who consider singing a sin that should be forbidden.
Return to Kirkuk by Karzan Sherabayani (Feature Film)
Karzan returns to his childhood home to vote in Iraq’s first democratic election. Having been banished for so long, after being arrested and tortured at 14 by Saddam Hussein’s secret police for being a Kurd, Karzan now asks the people of Kirkuk if they accept the path promoted by the West
In this incredible documentary, Karzan exposes a city that sits on one of the world’s largest oil deposits as a place where old ethnic and sectarian divisions are still rife. Kirkuk, he says, is a microcosm of the new Iraq. He confronts demons from his past and meets the heroes and villains who are fashioning the country’s dangerous and uncertain future.
Cassette (2012) By Malak Abd Ali
Through Cassette we are exposed to the trauma experienced by Iraqi soldiers as a consequence of the war. An artist dreams of a new life, but can the canvas be redrawn?
Old Enough to Know Better (2003) By Edinburgh Youth/ Pilton Video
In March 2003, outraged by the politicians’ false rhetoric and refusal to listen to the people, thousands of schoolchildren in Scotland organised mass school walkout and took to the streets to protest against the war in Iraq. This documentary introduces us to an inspiring new generation of activists.
Dreams of Sparrows by Haydar Daffar.
A film documenting the lives of ordinary Iraqi’s after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Haydar and his team of contributing directors share their vision of life in Baghdad: post war and pre reconstruction. It is Haydar’s attempt to reconcile the conflicting points of view among Iraqis regarding the war, Saddam Hussein and the occupation; the process of which ultimately changes him and his crew irrevocably.
A discussion between Haydar Daffar (Dreams of Sparrows) and Karzan Sherabayani (Return to Kirkuk). This is set to be a real highlight of the event.
A Fire Blazing Brightly by Hassan Abdulrazzak
Rana, a successful Iraqi-British artist, has gone missing in Baghdad, as we trace her journey across Iraq, and the creation of a provocative piece of art to challenge the darkness engulfing her country, will Rana succeed in creating the positive change that eluded her father?
Hassan Abdulrazzak is of Iraqi origin, born in Prague and living in London. His first play, Baghdad Wedding, premiered at the Soho Theatre (2007). Other productions were at the Belvoir Theatre, Sydney (2009) and by Akvarious productions in India (2012). It was also broadcast on BBC Radio 3. His second play, The Prophet was staged at the Gate theatre (2012). He has also written two full-length screenplays and translated several plays for the Royal Court theatre.
Hassan received the George Devine, Meyer-Whitworth and Pearson awards.
We will present a rehearsed reading of a section of the play.
Directed by Tom Bailey. Starring well known local actors Jordan Whyte as Rana and Chris Bianchi as Kathum.
My Dad the Iraqi
A new piece of performance in early development from Suzie Zara.
Suzie Zara speaks to her dad, a Catholic born Iraqi from Bagdad. Having been encouraged to look up to the west, he came to England with high hopes after running away from Military Service. 40 years on, what he found is not necessarily what he had expected.
Suzie Zara is a half-Iraqi performance maker, she founded Muving Film Fest and is an original member of the well loved former Bristol performance company The Special Guests.
Iraqi Kawleeya Dance Fiora Touliatou
Fiora will be performing the Kawleeya, which is an energetic and passionate folk dance of the Iraqi gypsies.
Fiora Touliatou is a professional bellydancer specialising in Egyptian style and has a deep passion for Iraqi Kawleeya, Khaleegi and Romani (gypsy) styles. She lives in Cardiff, but also performs in South Wales, Bristol and London. Over the last year, she has been collaborating with an Arabic band in London and has been performing at various Iraqi and Kurdish family parties and events.
‘Found in Translation: Poems for and from Iraq’
In January, four UK poets joined their Iraqi counter-parts in Kurdistan for a week of translation. Local performers Malcolm Hamilton, Suzie Zara and Tom Bailey will select and recite their favorites. Translations by Jen Hadfield (TS Elliot prize winner 2008), William Letford, John Glenday (Griffen Prize shortlisted) and Krystelle Bamford.
City of Salt
City Of Salt are an experimental and startlingly contemporary Arabic three piece who tear apart the rule book. Exploring Middle Eastern traditions through jazz, noise and improvisation their unusual compositions and non-conformist attitude will send a shiver down the spine of the purist. Combining the oud, clarinet and electric guitar, members of City of Salt soundtracked the film ‘Broken Record’ that also appears at this year’s festival. Their performances at Reel Iraq coincides with the international release of their debut album ‘Towers Open Fire’ released on US label Fire Museum Records.
Live visuals by Parine Jaddo, director of ‘Broken Record’
City of Salt are:
Paed Conca, clarinet
Omar Dewachi, oud
Sam Shalabi, electric guitar
City of Salt – Soundcloud
Supported by Arts Council England/ Lottery