Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

"About Baghdad" Film a Big Hit

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

"About Baghdad" Film a Big Hit

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A March 18 screening of the new independent film "About Baghdad," by InCounter Productions, filled the Palestine Center in Washington, DC. "About Baghdad" follows exiled Iraqi writer and poet Sinan Antoon as he returns to Baghdad to see what has become of his city after decades of oppression, violence, wars, sanctions, and now occupation. Antoon asks Iraqis of various ethnic and political backgrounds, as well as American soldiers, what they think about the post-war situation and the complex relationship between the United States and Iraq.

In Arabic, with English subtitles, the film features Iraqi poets, politicians, cab drivers, communists, senior citizens and students describing the traumas of dictatorship, sanctions and war. The soundtrack features traditional folk songs by Amer Tawfiq, banned under Saddam Hussain's rule. Audience members, including the woman sitting next to this writer, sometimes quietly joined in, singing their beloved songs.

Following the 90-minute film, International Solidarity Movement co-founder Adam Shapiro, who helped produce and direct the film, answered questions. …

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