Remember Baghdad + Q&A15

Remember Baghdad + Q&A

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  • Sun 3 Dec
  • 120 minutes
  • Director: Fiona Murphy
  • UK , Iraq, Israel (2016)

Synopsis

Remember Baghdad is the untold story of Iraq, an unmissable insight into how the country developed from a completely new perspective - through the eyes of the Jews who lived there for 2,600 years until only a generation ago.

“Jews, Muslims, Christians – we were all Iraqis – it was paradise.” On the hundredth anniversary of the British invasion in 1917, Remember Baghdad is the untold story of Iraq, an unmissable insight into how the country developed from a completely new perspective – through the eyes of the Jews who lived there for 2,600 years until only a generation ago. With vivid home movies and archive news footage, eight characters tell their remarkable stories, of fun that was had, and the fear that followed as Iraq laid foundations for decades of unrest. Amid the country’s instability today we follow one Iraqi Jew on a journey home, back to Baghdad. The story begins in a happy period for the Jews. In 1917 a third of the citizens of Baghdad are Jewish. The descendants of the scholars who wrote the Babylonian Talmud are now westernising fast. They attend fancy parties and picnics on the Tigris with the elite. But after the creation of Israel they are no longer safe. A mass exodus takes place, though many thousands stay behind, loyal to the country they love. Finally, after 1967, Saddam Hussein mobilises a mass movement against them and they must flee. Our characters tell their story with poignant regret and bitter clarity, including North Londoner Edwin Shuker who decides to return to the country he loved.

Followed by a Q&A with Edwin Shuker and director Fiona Murphy and hosted by Lyn Julius of Harif, the UK Association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa.

Film running time is 69 minutes.