Screening date: 23-11-2007 -- 17h45
Irak, entre fiction et réalité (Between Fiction & Reality)
Between December 2002 and March 2003, Amer Alwan shot the first Iraqi fiction feature to be shown outside Iraq in the last fifteen years, The Man from the Reeds. The shooting was completed one month before the American invasion.In Iraq, Between Fiction and Reality, Amer Alwan returns to The Man from the Reeds, played by Sami Kaftan, and to the significant episodes of the shooting as a means of depicting the present situation in Iraq: the social, economic, political and cultural context of the country in this eventful period.
One has to wonder at the irrationality of international policy. Iraq has been freed of a bloody tyranny, only to fall under the yoke of a religious one. And when such a phenomenon occurs in a country which is a mosaic of religious confessions, it is a sure recipe for disaster.
Production: 8 et plus productions - Ishtar Films Productions
Director: Amer Alwan - Tel: +33 (0)6 62 33 88 19
Editing: Tomasz Cichawa
Cinematography: Hadi Mahod, Abbas Fadel, Tomasz Cichawa
Music: François Rabbath
Sound: Jean Pierre Fenie
DVCam – couleur – 52 mn
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Amer Alwan was born in 1957 in Babylon, Iraq. After a diploma from the National School of Drama and Arts, he continued his studies at the Audiovisual School of Baghdad. This allowed him to work at the Iraqi Television. In 1980 he left Iraq to prepare and finish a DEA degree in art philosophy in Paris. In France he has written and published a number of shorts and documentaries.
Rivages (20 mn, 1995)
Vengeance (14 mn, 1997)
Les Enfants de l'Embargo ( The Children of the Embargo, doc, 27 mn, 1999)
Les Mandéens d'Irak (The Mandeens of Iraq, doc, 52 mn, 2000)
Hatra, cité des dieux (Hatra, City of Gods, doc, 52 mn, 2000)
La Forteresse de Kirkuk (Kirkuk, the Forgotten Citadel, doc, 52 mn, 2001)
Zaman, l'homme des roseaux (The Man from the Reeds, fiction, 80 min, 2003