War and its pain at the opening of the first session of the Baghdad Film Festival

The Baghdad Film Festival started its activities in the Iraqi capital Baghdad yesterday, Saturday, and will continue until the 14th of this month. The festival screens a wide variety of films, including feature films, short films, documentaries and animation. Stories and human experiences from different parts of the world were highlighted, with strong Arab participation in various sections.

The festival is being led by Dr. Jabbar Jodi, head of the Iraqi Artists Syndicate, who said the first session is dedicated to director Muhammad Shukri Jamil.

War and Man in Feature Film Competition

The feature film competition covers a variety of issues regarding war, armed groups and other Arab issues.

The festival opened with the screening of the Sudanese film “Goodbye, Julia” by Sudanese director Mohamed Kordofani. The film addresses a turning point in Sudan's history, particularly when the conflict between North and South reached its peak. This creates pain due to which the decision to divide the state is taken. It tracks the political rise of Julia in “Farewell” through its reflection on Sudanese homes.

The film, which was nominated to represent Sudan at the Academy Awards for Best Non-English Language Film of 2024, won the Freedom Award from the Cannes Film Festival in its final edition, in addition to its participation in several international and Arab festivals .

From Iraq, several films are participating in the competition, including “The Last of the Couriers”, inspired by the story of “The French Postman” by Joseph Ferdinand Cheval, and directed by Saad Al-Isami. Hai, who also participated in writing the script with Wala al-Mana, as the pair succeeded in presenting a scenario that is suited to the Iraqi environment, through human concern that brings people together.

loses out The protagonist “Ayub” – played by Raed Mohsin – has got a job as a postman due to life's change in technology, as his job is no longer required, and he has become unemployed, while his feudal Neighbor Abu Nayef has taken away Ayub's job and land.

The film is an attempt to break the taboos imposed by corruption, racism and tribalism. It was shot entirely in the Iraqi city of Karbala, and is the first film shot during the Corona pandemic and quarantine.

The events of director Hussein Hassan's Iraqi film “Bride of Rain” revolve around the effects of war and the damage it causes to humans. The film, which opened the ninth session of the Dohuk International Film Festival, deals with the devastation caused by war, but from a human perspective.

As for the Iraqi film “Messi Baghdad” directed by Suhaim Omar Khalifa, it is the story of an Iraqi child who lost his right leg in the war. His friends stop him from playing football with them due to his physical disability and take his place. He is with a girl who plays with them. Also, the boy is very fond of football and international player Lionel. Messi, when he visits Baghdad with his father, is hit by a stray bullet.

While director Omar Jamal's Yemeni film “The Very Ones” takes a look at the painful political, economic and social conditions that destroy the dreams of society in Yemen, the film presents a true story whose events took place in the city of Aden in 2019 . Middle class family consisting of a father, mother and 3 children, and the family is suffering after the war that happened in 2015, and the parents lost their jobs and started living below the poverty line. The mother was surprised to find out that she was pregnant and that she and her husband were expecting a new baby before deciding to get rid of the fetus.

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Promotional poster for the Yemeni film The Very Ones (Al Jazeera)

After participating in several international festivals and receiving awards including the gold medal from the Taranto International Film Festival in Italy, the film “Joseph's Journey” represents Syria at the Baghdad Film Festival. The film is a concept and starring artist Ayman Zidan and directed by Jude Saeed.

The film sheds light on the post-war plight of the Syrian people, especially the forgotten ones between a place on the Syrian border and a refugee camp on the Lebanese border.

Films participating in the festival also include the Tunisian film “Daughters of Olfa” from director Kouthar Ben Haniyeh, which is participating in the short and final list for the Oscars 2024.

The events revolve around Olfa, a Tunisian mother of four girls (Rahma, Gufran, Taysir and Aya), who lives a normal life that seems stable despite poverty. This stability turns into a destructive atmosphere after two older sisters join forces. Armed cell on the border in Libya.

Olfa's Girls at Cannes Film Festival
Olfa's Girls at the Cannes Film Festival (Social Networking Sites)

Through a distinctive cinematic presentation, Jordanian director Amjad Al-Rashid presents the film “God Willing, a Boy”, which presents interconnected stories about Jordanian women in particular and Arab women in general .

Regarding women's problems, the film “The Divorced Women of Casablanca” by director Mohamed Ahad Ben Souda, who participated in the competition, deals with the issue of divorce between husbands through the story of 4 divorced women from different social classes.

Participating in the feature film competition is director Maha Al-Haj's film “Mediterranean Fever”, which won the Best Screenplay Award in the “Un Certain Regard” section at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. The events of the film revolve around Walid, who is suffering from depression due to not being able to realize his dream of writing, and the friendship that develops between them after getting to know his deceitful neighbor.

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Poster of the film “God Willing, a Boy” by Jordanian director Amjad Al-Rashid (Al Jazeera)

As a musical performance, it competes with director Sherif Shaaban's Egyptian film “Taraf al-Khayt”. The events revolve around an artist who embodies his artistic career in a graphic novel, whose satirical characters succeed in freeing him from his shackles.

Kuwaiti film “The Cocoon” by director Ahmed Al Kartit will also participate in the feature film competition after participating in several international festivals, including the Al Ain Film Festival.

The feature film committee is led by Syrian director Nejdat Anjoor, and its membership includes Iraqi artist Fatima al-Rubaie, Kuwaiti artist Muhammad al-Mansour, Iraqi screenwriter Hamid al-Maliki, and Iraqi film director Muhammad al-Daraji.

Short films and documentaries

In the short film section, the films “Transit” by director Baqir Al-Rubaie, “Khattaf” by Yasser Al-Assam, “My Mother's Hand” by director Cadrina Heyman, “Dawira” by director Saif Saba, and “Kimmera Arab” are included. . Director Rania Hamzah is competing from Iraq.

From Egypt, director Abdalla Gad's film “16 Milli”, director Murad Mustafa's “Issa” and director Ahmed Adel's “Fatma” are participating in the competition.

the Tunisian film “Half a Soul” by director Marwan Trabelsi, and the Moroccan film “The Last Wave” by director Moustapha Fermaty.

From Palestine, director Bilal Al-Khatib's film “Palestine 87”, director Ali Baji's Lebanese film “The Hole”, Jamal Ghilan's Bahraini film “Isolation”, and director Muhannad Kulthum's Syrian film “Photograph” will participate. ,

The short story film jury is chaired by Iraqi director Salah Karman, and includes Iraqi artist Miqdad Abdel Reda and Egyptian artist Manal Salama.

While the documentary film competition jury is led by Dr. Maher Majeed of Iraq, and its members include Iraqi artist Bassem Kahar and Iraqi film director Fares Tohame al-Tamimi.

The Egyptian films “Kurds in Egypt” directed by Zoha Kamel, “Champilion Street” by director Asma Ibrahim, “Tabish” by director Rola Ashraf, “Mai” by Palestinian director Salah El-Haw, and “Sawa” by director Hadi Mahoud. Will participate in the competition. “Hypo” by Ali Sahar, “Zero” by Asad Al-Hilai, the Omani film “Bird Paradise” by director Abdullah Al-Raisi, and the Syrian film “The Peel of an Onion” by director Rafad De Ghumaa.

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