VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)

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Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)

Abbas Fahdel
Irak, 2015
Documentaries, 334min, OmeU

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Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)

Abbas Fahdel
Irak, 2015
Documentaries, 334min, OmeU

Actors: 
Haidar
Screenplay: 
Abbas Fahdel
Sound: 
Abbas Fahdel
Camera: 
Abbas Fahdel
Editor: 
Abbas Fahdel

Production: 
Abbas Fahdel
World Sales: 
Abbas Fahdel
Format: 
DCP
Color

In February 2002 – about a year before the U.S. invasion – Iraqi filmmaker Abbas Fahdel traveled home from France to capture everyday life as his country prepared for war. He zeroed in on family and friends with much of the action seen through the eyes of the director’s 12-year- old nephew, Haidar. When Fahdel returned, two weeks after the invasion, daily activities like going to school or shopping at the market had become nearly impossible; many areas of Baghdad had been closed off to ordinary citizens. Fahdel’s epic yet intimate film paints a compelling portrait of people simply trying to exist in the midst of constant turmoil, describing the fine line between life and death. (Nicholas Kemp)

In the presence of Abbas Fahdel.