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On the Banks of the Tigris: the hidden story of Iraqi music

A musical odyssey that uncovers the hidden- and almost erased- story of Iraqi music

Videos

On the Banks of the Tigris Official Trailer

Overview

Genre
Music, History, Social Issues, and Human Rights
Synopsis

When Majid Shokor escaped from Iraq he discovered that the songs he loved as a child in Baghdad have a hidden history. Saddam’s regime purged Iraqi music of its origins, but Majid learns the truth as he travels the world to meet exiled Iraqi musicians – Jewish, Muslim and Christian - who still sing and play these songs. They are reunited in a joyful concert at London’s Barbican Centre, where music and culture are bridges that transcend religion and politics.

Stage
finished
Running time
79 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Fruitful Films
Country
Australia
Years of Production
2005-2015
Locations
Australia, Iraq, Israel, Netherlands, UK

Distribution Details

Release year
2015
Festivals
Montreal World Film Festival, Baghdad Int. FF, Global Peace FF, Arab Film Festival (San Francisco), Boston, Washington, Los Angeles, New York & Australia Jewish Film Festivals, Cineblend Documentary FF (Amsterdam), Nepal Human Rights FF
Awards
Best Documentary, Baghdad Int FF, Audience Award, Arab Film Festival, Best Director Documentary, Nepal Human Rights FF, Finalist, ATOM Awards Australia
Distribution
Australia- Ronin Films, USA - 7th Art Releasing, All Other World- Fruitful Films
Language
English & Arabic
Subtitles
English

Photos

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#1 yair dalal and majid shokor_thumb
#2 farida mohammad ali performs at london barbican centre1_thumb

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