ICP Documentaries Screened at Iraqi Universities and Institutions: April 2012

 

This month, IF worked to assist qualified ICP participants to participate in international film festivals as film producers. The ICP Mosul team was accepted as participants at the Malmo Film Festival, to be held in June. This month, ICP teams continued using the ICP Facebook Page to exchange comments and suggestions.

IF has also worked to screen winning documentary films at a number of art institutes and universities around Iraq. Descriptions of the screenings can be found below:

On April 11, IF screened “In the Country’s Shadow” produced by Al-Salahidin Team, at The University of Tikrit. The audience totaled 80 people, including the Dean of the College of the Arts, scientific associates, administrative assistants, faculty, students, civil society organizations, university professors, media professionals, and clergymen. A discussion took place about the concept of peaceful co-existence between different religious sects, and about the showcasing of different Christian and Muslim monuments in the film. Further discussion occurred about the importance of ethnic and religious diversity, and the film’s technical aspects (camera angles, soundtrack, etc). A questionnaire was distributed to audience members following the screening and discussions.

On April 29, IF screened one of the five winning documentaries,Hamamaton Hatat Huna (A pigeon landed here) by Baghdad Team 1 at the Institute of Fine Arts for boys in Baghdad. A total of 50 individuals attended the screening, including teachers and students.

Following the screening, questionnaires were distributed to the audience to gauge their responses to the documentary. Many viewers indicated a positive opinion of the mission of the documentaries as supportive of and contributing to “spreading religious and cultural awareness in Iraq. Other viewers thanked the Iraq Foundation for creating these documentaries: “We cherish the effort of the ICP teams, sponsored by Iraq Foundation and believe that these documentaries are beneficial and serve to showcase different perspectives, highlight the diversity inherent in Iraq and spread the principle of tolerance.”

On April 10, the Salah Al-Deen team held the 3rd screening of their documentary in their local community.

Selected Photos:

“In the Country’s Shadow”screening at the University of Tikrit

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“In the Country’s Shadow”screening at the University of Tikrit

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“A pigeon landed here” screening at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad

IF staff member provides a briefing on the ICP project at the “A pigeon landed here” screening at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad

IF staff member distributes survey at the “A pigeon landed here” screening at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad

Scene from “A pigeon landed here” screening at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad 

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