Iraq On Film: An evening of film, music and art

Published Friday, 16th October 2015

From animation and drama to documentary and comedy, immerse yourself in stories of strength, hope and survival at Iraq on Film.

Stories of superheroes and soccer games, to the destruction and sadness of war and loss, this event will deepen your connections to Iraqi stories and cultures through film, music and art.

Enjoy a number of short films by Iraqi filmmakers at the Fairfield City Museum and Gallery. Two of the films have been created by local artists who will be on-hand to introduce the films on the night (film details below).

The event will also feature Iraqi folkloric music by Bashar, Martin and Yousif from the Choir of Love, children’s craft activities facilitated by artist and arts educator Nicole Barakat and traditional Iraqi tea, coffee and food.

Iraq on Film is presented by Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, Information and Cultural Exchange, Arab Film Festival Australia and the Iraqi Australia University Graduates’ Forum and sponsored by Panorama Iraqi Newspaper.

This event has been developed as part of the current exhibition: 1001 Nights in Fairfield, an exhibition exploring local Iraqi cultures, stories and art.

FILMS

Ambulance Driver by Hadi Mahood, follows the story of a female American soldier captured by Iraqis, in hospital, and rescued by US soldiers. Hadi, a Melbourne-based Iraqi filmmaker, will introduce the film on the night.

Abrar Alsaleh will introduce her short film Autumn and I, which is also being screened as part of the 1001 Nights exhibition. Abrar, a young Iraqi woman from Fairfield, now in her early 20s, made the film while she was attending Fairfield High School. Her film is about coming to Australia as a refugee and the ‘autumn-like’ hope she felt upon coming out of detention.

EVENT DETAILS:

Date: Saturday 24 October 2015, 5-7pm
Location: Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, 634 The Horsley Dr Smithfield, Cnr Oxford St
Bookings: museumgallery@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au / 9609 3993
Film Classification: No age restrictions

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