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/ FURAT AL JAMIL, IRAQ

Furat al Jamil

Artraker, 2014

CONFLICT AREA / COUNTRY OF REFERENCE: IRAQ

The 3D animation Baghdad Night is a modern reworking of an Iraqi fairytale.

 

In the film, al Jamil retells the story of Saluwa, an Iraqi fairytale character of which there are many versions told in Iraq. Saluwa is one of the most compelling and controversial characters in the Iraqi narrative tradition. Her origins stretching back to ancient Sumerian civilization. Saluwa is a beautiful seductress leading men to devastation upon failing her test. The story takes place in the old Qambar Ali district of Baghdad and begins with what seems to be an ordinary day for an Iraqi taxi driver. He picks up a woman on a street corner at dusk. She requests to be taken to and brought back from one the oldest graveyards. She gives him a small golden bell as fare. Although he is unhappy about the fare, he is compelled to transport her again. On the third night, disregarding the woman's repeated warnings, he cannot resist his curiosity and follows her into the graveyard. This leads to the revelation of a dark secret. Baghdad Night brings back a bygone era and a legend from Iraq's literary and cultural heritage to the present day reinvented in a contemporary medium.

Baghdad Night, 

3D animation film, 3.5 mins

2013

 

 

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