Shadow in Baghdad

Shadow in Baghdad
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Duki Dror | Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew, with English Subtitles | Length: 70 minutes | Country: Israel, Iraq, Jordan | Year: 2013 | Rating: N/A

SHADOW IN BAGHDAD tells the story of Linda Abdul Aziz, who escaped the upheaval of Iraq in the early 1970’s to Israel, and her father, who disappeared shortly thereafter to an unknown fate. The film follows Linda as an unexpected connection with a young Iraqi journalist sets her back on the path towards Baghdad and the truth behind her father’s disappearance. As mutual suspicion converts to trust, the two begin to revisit a painful past, drawing closer and closer to the tragic story of Linda’s father’s ending. What they ultimately uncover is not only the fate of Linda’s father but that of the once thriving Iraqi Jewish community whose over 2,000 years’ history came to an abrupt end in the 1970’s.

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Turtles Can Fly

Turtles Can Fly
Genre: Drama | Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Language: Kurdish, English Subtitles | Length: 98 minutes | Country: Iraq, Turkey | Year: 2004 | Rating: PG-13

In a Kurdish refugee camp in 2003, residents await the U.S. invasion of Iraq, hoping for Saddam’s defeat but fearing a violent aftermath. Satellite (Soran Ebrahim) organizes children into work gangs, disarming and selling land mines to arms dealers. Satellite falls for Agrin (Avaz Latif), who comes to the camp with one-armed brother Hengov (Hiresh Feysal Rahman) and baby brother Riga (Abdol Rahman Karim). As the invasion starts, Satellite looks for a satellite dish so the camp can watch the war.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.1, WH.H.8.2

A Time for Drunken Horses

A Time for Drunken Horses
Genre:
Drama | Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Language: Kurdish, Persian, English Subtitles | Length: 80 minutes | Country: Iran, Iraq, Kurd | Year: 2000 | Rating: NR

After their father dies, a family of five are forced to survive on their own in a Kurdish village on the border of Iran and Iraq. Matters are made worse when 12 year old Ayoub, the new head of the family, is told that his handicapped brother, Madi, needs an immediate operation in order to remain alive. This heartbreaking tale shows the lengths to which a family will go in order to survive in the harshest of conditions, where even the horses are fed liquor in order to work.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.1