ONE WORLD 2011: Baghdad Film School
Film by Shuchen Tan, Netherlands, 2010, 60 min. (competition)
In 2003, a few months after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, documentary-maker Maysoon Pachachi and her fellow colleague of Iraqi origin Kasim Abid decided to establish a film school in Baghdad. This institution had to close down after two years following a bomb attack in its immediate vicinity. A subsequent attempt to revive the school dates back to 2008. This documentary from the very heart of the Iraqi capital offers a collage of footage from classes teaching young and ambitious filmmakers, as well as from these students' own video diaries. These pictures record the everyday reality of life in the middle of a dangerous district and the attempts people are making to stand on their own two feet as best they can. During filming, several students talk about the murder of one of their friends or relatives. "If you lose your creativity, you're dead," an independent Iraqi filmmaker tells the students. He was shot and wounded because of his filming, but he refused to capitulate in spite of this. The voice of a young generation can be heard at the Baghdad Film School. This generation just wants to live a normal and creative life in a (post) conflict society.
This screening is part of the One World in Brussels 2011 film festival.