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This month, IF continued to hold screenings of student documentaries in the provinces including, Diyala, Basra, Dohouk, Maysan, Baghdad, Erbil, and Muthanna. Diverse audiences, including members of local communities, including Parliamentary members, former ministers, civic leaders, media representatives, film experts, academcs, students and representatives of international organizations, attended the screenings and participated in discussions.

After the screening, the filmmaking team talked about their experiences researching and documenting the sites. Participants were given the opportunity to offer feedback in question & answer sessions, which sparked interesting discussions on the provinces’ interfaith traditions and religious heritage. Participants praised the value and the benefits of this creative initiative.

Alsumaria TVstation completed editing the five winning teams’ documentaries into a five-part series.

IF continued helping project beneficiaries to compete in international film festivals.

For more information, please visit the ICP facebook group!

Selected Photos:

In Babil, the filmmaking team held the third screening for their documentary, “Where Religions Meet,” on February 12, 2012.

In Dohouk, the filmmaking team held the third screening for their documentary, “The Tree of Life,” on February 9, 2012.

From December 17-19, IF organized screenings with an audience drawn from students from local universities from the Babil, Kirkuk, Diyala and Baghdad governorates. IF invited members of the participating teams to take part in the broadcast sessions. These Q&A sessions will be integrated in the hour-long TV program that will be broadcast on Alsumaria. Stay tuned for more details about this exciting TV program expolring Iraqi’s heritage, celebrating the multiplicity of unique backgrounds that create the modern Iraq.

ICP teams continued screening their documentaries during this period throughout Iraq’s provinces. The screenings highlight the ancient Assyrian heritage of many Iraqi minorities.

After the film screening, the filmmaking team discussed their experiences researching and documenting the sites as well as their cooperative efforts.

In addition, IF is currently helping finalist documentary producers enter international film festivals.

For more information, please visit the ICP facebook group!

Selected Photos:

Q&A Sessions:

Q & A Sessions – ICP in December 2011

 

ICP screenings:

On November 24, IF held a networking gathering in Baghdad for all the student teams that have participated in the ICP project. The networking gathering preceded a screening of one of the project documentaries. The gathering enabled young team members who share the same vision to come together and discuss the challenges they faced producing the films, working with other Iraqis from different ethnic and religious backgrounds, and their experiences screening the films in their local communities. The project beneficiaries were also provided with the opportunity to plan for future action and combine efforts to promote interfaith cooperation.

For more information, please visit the ICP facebook group!

Selected Photos:

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IF is delighted to announce that Alsumaria television began editing the five winning teams’ documentaries into a five-part series during the month of November.

The Five winners:

  1. Baghdad team 1: A pigeon landed here.
  2. Baghdad team 2: The Tigris river’s agate
  3. Babil team: Where religions meet
  4. Kirkuk team: A civilization narrated by silent walls
  5. Diyala team: Let’s live together.

In addition, Alsumaria is assisting the ICP participants to submit their films to international film festivals.

For more information about the lastest activities of the ICP participants, please visit the ICP facebook group!

IF is delighted to announce that Alsumaria television agreed to compile all 15 documentaries that ICP project teams have produced into one documentary about Iraq’s religious heritage and broadcast it on Alsumaria TV station. We are very thrilled and wanted to share these great news with you.

IF looks forward to sharing this film with you as soon as the documentary becomes available!

For more information, please visit the ICP Facebook group!

During the month of October and November, ICP teams screened their documentaries in the Iraqi provinces. Screenings took place in the Baghdad, Diyala, Salaheddine, Babil, Kirkuk, Erbil, Dohuk, Ninewa, Thi Qar, Basra, Maysan, Diwaniyya, and Muthanna governorates.

Each team held a total of three screenings of the documentaries in their respective provinces. The screenings aimed at showing that Iraq’s minorities are indigenous to Iraq and many of them are descendants of those who lived in ancient Assyria and had a continuous presence in the country ever since.

After the film screening, the filmmaking team talked about their experiences researching and documenting the sites and how they related to each other and what it meant to them to work together. Mixed panels of religious leaders and educators lead a discussion after the screenings on the implications of the documentary for the community and the value of public understanding of interfaith heritage.

The audience was drawn mostly from the local communities and included Parliament members, former ministers, civic leaders, media representatives, movie experts, academics, and students. Q & A sessions included interesting discussions about the provinces’ interfaith traditions and religious heritage and encouraging words about the value and the benefits of this creative initiative.

For more information, please visit the ICP facebook group!

Selected Photos:

ICP: 1st screenings/ Babil team:

 

 ICP: 1st screenings/ Baghdad team 1:

 

  

 

 

ICP: 1st screenings/ Erbil team:

 

 

ICP: 1st screenings/ Baghdad team 2:

 

 

 ICP: 1st screenings/ Salah Al-Deen team:

  

IF successfully conducted our 2nd Interfaith Cooperation Project (ICP) training from July 25 to 27, 2011 in IF-Baghdad Office. The training aimed at introducing participants from the 15 participating teams to the art of film-editing in order to enable them in editing their row-documentary films on religious locations. 18 participants physically attended the training due to the deterioration of the security situation, 1 participant from Dahouk team participated through Skype.

The participants benefited from the training, learning film-editing techniques and the use of popular editing software from Adobe. The training was conducted by Mr. Ahmed Wahid (Film Editor from Al-Sumariya Satellite Channel-Baghdad).

IF is thrilled with the cooperation and harmony between the diverse team members. Students are regularly updating IF’s ICP facebook with clips of their documentary films, photos, and writen accounts of their activities.

For more information, please visit the ICP facebook group!

Photos: ICP 2nd training (Film Editing training):  July 25 – 27, 2011:

During the month of June IF, in partnership with Al-Sumaria TV station, started the first training on the art of film-making and on Iraq’s long history as a religiously diverse community. The training is going very smoothly and the young participants are showing eagerness to learn and deliver. The trainers are very engaged and engaging and are covering both the technical aspect of documentary-making and the importance of Iraq’s diverse religious heritage. IF was very pleased to hear stories or inter-religious cooperation and it was very moving to observe that even during their first interaction, participating students from different religious faiths started mingling and building friendly relations.

Quote from the ICP project Facebook page:

“Diversity is the first step towards development… If we don’t recognize each other and respect each other… we won’t be able to overcome our underdevelopment and achieve big things. We have to capitalize on our (religious) diversity and make it a “positive” diversity as it will be a drive towards achieving growth and progression.”

Video by Al-Sumaria TV

During the month of June IF, in partnership with Al-Sumaria TV station, started the first training on the art of film-making and on Iraq’s long history as a religiously diverse community. The training is going very smoothly and the young participants are showing eagerness to learn and deliver. The trainers are very engaged and engaging and are covering both the technical aspect of documentary-making and the importance of Iraq’s diverse religious heritage. IF was very pleased to hear stories or inter-religious cooperation and it was very moving to observe that even during their first interaction, participating students from different religious faiths started mingling and building friendly relations.

Quote from the ICP project Facebook page:
“Diversity is the first step towards development… If we don’t recognize each other and respect each other… we won’t be able to overcome our underdevelopment and achieve big things. We have to capitalize on our (religious) diversity and make it a “positive” diversity as it will be a drive towards achieving growth and progression.”

Training participants on documentary filming

ICP participants in training session.

 

ICP participants practice documentary filming with the trainer.
 

 More photos on Facebook:

  http://www.facebook.com/groups/218861241492169?view=photos

UPDATED APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 25, 2011!

IF is now accepting applications for youth to participate in the newly awarded Interfaith Cooperation Project (ICP) documentary film contest!  Interested youths group teams between the ages of 18 – 25 from throughout Iraq are encouraged to submit video proposals that highlight religious and locations with religious or spiritual significance for more than one faith in their local communities.  IF will select 15 winning teams based on the quality of the proposals submitted by mixed religious and ethnic youth groups comprised of 4 – 5 members.  Winning teams will have the chance to produce their documentaries, screen them throughout Iraq, and the top five entries will be produced and broadcast on Iraqi television!

Announcement

ICP Application Form

ICP Recommendation Form

Contact:

majeed@iraqfoundation.org

hr_if@yahoo.com

07705310640

07805945321

07805945321

Timeline: The History of Iraq

“A Tour of Iraq’s Ancient Sites”

Iraq’s past spans the breadth of history, giving rise to a unique  culture and multiplicity of beliefs.  From ancient Mesopotamia, Iraq is has been a major contributor to world civilization.  It is the starting point of countless prophets, including Abraham, revered by Muslims, Jews, and Christians alike. From writing, accounting, science, art, culture and myriad religious influences and belief systems, Iraq is not merely the patrimony of one l nation but that of much of the modern world.

Today, Iraq’s religious differences, ethnic tension, and sectarian violence seem to overpower our popular conscience when trying to understand Iraq’s diversity.  Iraq has been an ethnically diverse country for millennia, with Kurds, Assyrians, and Turkmen representing the three largest non-Arab minorities in the country. It is also the home of many religions: while Islam is the religion of the majority, Christianity, Judaism, Mandeanism, found an even earlier home in Iraq.   Each group has a unique heritage and connection to Iraq.  There’s a multitude of religious sites across Iraq that attest to Iraq’s diversity and significance as a center of religious and ethnic diversity.

Iraq is naturally of great importance to the Muslim world and is home to many significant religious sites, such as r the Al ‘Askari and the Al-‘Abbas Mosques in Samarra and the Gailani Mosque in Baghdad. But from its extreme north to its extreme south, every region of Iraq harbors historical sites revered by other religions: Christians, jews, Yezidis, and others. Nenawa province abound in early Christian churches, and a Christian church dating to the 5th century CE has been found near the Shi’a ciry of Kerbala. Some religious are venerated by more than one religious group. For example, Al-Kufl in the province of Babil is both a Jewish and a Muslim historic site. The tomb of the prophet Younes (Jonas) in Mosul is visited by Christians, Muslims, and Jews faiths.  Many of Iraq’s minority faiths can also trace their origins to locations in Iraq. The holiest Yazidi shrine, for example, is that of Sheikh Adi, located at the necropolis of Lalish outside of Mosul.
Sadly, these groups have not enjoyed equal status with the majority Muslim population in recent years. Fanaticism and violence in the name of Islam has often been the causes of oppression of religious minorities in Iraq. Although the Iraqi constitution ensures religious freedom and bans discrimination based on religion, religious minorities have been deprived of their civic and religious rights by extremists.   The Yazidi Bombing on August 14, 2007, for example, was the most deadly car bombing attack in Iraq, killing 796 and wounding 1,562 people, according to the Red Crescent.

To highlight the diverse religious heritage that lives on in modern Iraq and build understanding between Iraq’s diverse religious and ethnic communities, the Iraq Foundation proposes an innovative project to capture Iraq’s thriving belief systems and foster understanding of Iraq’s long history as a religiously diverse community.  The Iraq Foundation will commission video documentaries that highlight religious sites in Iraq.  These documentaries will be created by groups of religiously and ethnically diverse students and youth, telling the story of Iraq’s significance to religious heritage and the many faiths and sects that call Iraq home.