Iraqi Odyssey

Iraqi Odyssey

Schweiz / Deutschland / Irak / Vereinigte Arabische Emirate 2012-2014, Dokumentarfilm

Inhalt

The lives of the members of Samir's Iraqi family – protagonists in a veritable odyssey now living in the diaspora – provide the filmmaker with an opportunity to explore the history of the Arab world beyond the clichés. The director introduces us to representatives of several generations of a secularised, also religious, but always progressive bourgeoisie and reveals a whole Arab universe that would seem to have been forgotten. We revisit the Ottoman era, the years of the British Mandate established by the League of Nations, the bid for independence, the takeover by the Baath Party and the country's radicalisation under Saddam Hussein, as well as the West's shared responsibility in the collapse of large parts of this world.

Samir's relatives are scattered all over the planet. They miss their home deeply. Samir's father, who decided to return to Iraq, was killed during the Iran-Iraq War. The film's director has developed a critical if ambivalent regard for Switzerland where he grew up; he now sees his home as an example of the more or less tolerant co-existence of very different people and cultures.

Source: 65. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

All Credits

Director:Samir
Screenplay:Samir (Konzept)
Director of photography:Lukas Strebel, Pierre Mennel, Jurij Burak, Kirill Gerra, John Kelleran, Samir
Editing:Sophie Brunner, Ali Alfatlawi, Wathiq Al Ameri, Samir
Sound design:Henning Hein
Sound:Reto Stamm, Al Seconi, Martin Wilson, Don Feigel, Roman Platanov, Maxim Malin
Music:Maciej Sledziecki
Production company:Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG (Zürich)
in co-production with:COIN Film GmbH (Köln), Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) (Bern), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln)
Producer:Werner Schweizer
Co-Producer:Herbert Schwering, Furat al Jamil
Producer (TV):Jutta Krug, Urs Augstburger
Executive producer:Joël Jent
Unit production manager:Joël Jent
Original distributor:NFP Marketing & Distribution (Berlin)
Funding:Bundesamt für Kultur der Schweiz (Zürich), Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), Zürcher Filmstiftung (Zürich), Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (FFHSH) (Hamburg)
Length:96 min
Format:DCP, 16:9
Picture/Sound:Farbe + s/w, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 02.09.2015, 152938, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Aufführung (CA): 02.2014, Toronto, IFF;
Kinostart (DE): 14.01.2016

Titles

Originaltitel (DE CH FR) Iraqi Odyssey

Versions

Original

Length:96 min
Format:DCP, 16:9
Picture/Sound:Farbe + s/w, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 02.09.2015, 152938, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Aufführung (CA): 02.2014, Toronto, IFF;
Kinostart (DE): 14.01.2016
 

Langfassung

Length:169 min
Format:DCP, 16:9
Picture/Sound:Farbe + s/w, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 18.12.2015, 152938-a, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Aufführung (DE): 09.02.2015, Berlin, IFF - Panorama Dokumente
 

Awards

Filmfestival Abu Dhabi 2014
Best Asian Film Award