Iraqi-German artist Furat al Jamil works in disciplines including video, sculpture and photography. She is best known for her filmmaking, with the diverse culture, compelling history and heritage of Germany and Iraq forming the context for her work. She draws from her experience living in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas a special style that combines Eastern and Western elements to present a distinct identity. Her work reinterprets long forgotten, local, traditional stories and takes the audience on a journey to the past and into the secrets of individual and collective memories. Her work has been exhibited at the Iraq Pavilion at the 55th La Biennale di Venizia 2013; the 10th Dubai International Film Festival 2013; Neighbours, an exhibition of contemporary art from Turkey and surrounding countries, at Istanbul Modern (2014); the Welcome to Iraq exhibition at the South London Gallery (2014); and the United Buddy Bears exhibition in Rio de Janeiro during the World Cup 2014.
Furat al Jamil
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.
3D animation film, 3.5 mins
© Artraker CIC 2014