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DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | 82 MIN | 2008

BAGHDAD HIGH

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With moving intimacy, Baghdad High affords an unprecedented glimpse into the lives of ordinary Iraqis attempting to lead ordinary lives in extraordinary circumstances. The film resulted from a terrific idea born in the minds of two Western journalist/filmmakers who had already worked in that country. Four high school seniors were given basic instruction in filmmaking, and then each was given a digital camera to record his life for the next year. Their school was in a middle-class, religiously mixed district, and they'd been raised by parents who saw themselves as Iraqis first and only secondarily as members of a particular religion or sect. What's fascinating about the film that resulted is how very familiar and ordinary these kids are-they're not really all that different from your own teenagers or the kids you went to school with. The kids of Baghdad High also open us up to a very different sense of life in Iraq than what we've been seeing on the nightly news for five years. They permit us to appreciate that Iraq isn't populated merely by statistics, but the boys still have to deal with what one of them calls "no good news" every day of their lives. Though they frequently express their fear and hatred toward the perpetrators of the horrendous acts of violence that have been tearing their tortured nation apart, the solid friendship of the four boys gives some occasion for hope. But by the end of the film, two of the boys, their families, and half the students at their school have had to flee, reflecting the similar fates of more than four million refugees the cataclysmic war has dispersed throughout Iraq and into neighboring countries.

Film Information
Year: 2008
Length: 82 minutes
Language: Arabic
Country: U.K., Iraq
Premiere: North American
Cast & Credits
Executive Producers: Alan Hayling, Karen O'Connor, Hans Robert Eisenhauer, Sheila Nevins
Supervising Producer: Lisa Heller
Co-Producer: Alex Cooke
Editors: Richard Guard, Johnny Burke, Victoria Ford, Geof Bartz, A.C.E.
Associate Producers: Fallah Al Rubaie, Zaid H. Fahmi
About the Director(s)

Ivan Mahoney founded StoryLabTV Ltd. He holds degrees in international law and journalism. In a former life he was a UN peacekeeper in Bosnia and an attorney in the Netherlands. Ivan's 2006 film How to Plan a Revolution won the Prix Europa at Hot Docs. Other gongs include the RFK Journalism Award, the Amnesty International Media Award, and a Golden Nymph. Laura Winter makes her directorial debut with Baghdad High. She has worked as a freelance producer for CNN, 60 Minutes, and CBS Evening News and as a CBS radio correspondent in Kabul. She has filed stories and shot photos in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Prior to becoming a journalist, she was an English teacher in Taiwan and China. She earned her BA in International Relations from New York University and her MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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