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Iraq in Fragments screening, May 27th.

Dave Stamp | 22.05.2007 12:44 | Birmingham

Screening of a documentary on the reality of the situation in modern day Iraq followed by a discussion focussing on the plight of the thousands of Iraqis left in legal limbo in the UK as the result of the Home Office's refusal to grant them asylum.

Iraq In Fragments

Film documentary at MAC, Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham:
James Longley: USA/Iraq 2006; 1hr 34mins
Sunday 27th of May, 8pm

An opus in three parts, Iraq In Fragments offers a series of intimate, passionately-felt portraits: A fatherless 11-year-old is apprenticed to the domineering owner of a Baghdad garage; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rally for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at the point of a gun; a family of Kurdish farmers welcomes the US presence, which has allowed them a measure of freedom previously denied.

American director James Longley spent more than two years filming in Iraq to create this stunningly photographed, poetically rendered documentary of the war-torn country as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. Winner of Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Editing awards in the 2006 Sundance Film Festival documentary competition, the film was also awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

The film will be followed by a post-screening discussion hosted by Dave Stamp of ASIRT (Asylum Support and Immigration Resource Team) and Zirak Hamad of the Daholl Kurdish Ensemble.

ASIRT has secured 10 tickets from the mac specifically to assist destitute Iraqi asylum seekers to participate in this event.

Contact Dave Stamp on 0121 772 6700 for further information.

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