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Co-presented with the UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. and USC Visual Studies Research Institute

Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) — Part 2

Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)
January 15, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Abbas Fahdel.

Note:  Part 1 of this film screens January 14 at 7:30 p.m.

In the year before the 2003 U.S.-lead invasion of Iraq, Paris-based documentary filmmaker Abbas Fahdel began filming his family and friends in the country as the cloud of war loomed over their increasingly anxious daily lives.  After the U.S. bombing began, Fahdel returned, capturing the wearing, surreal and devastating realities of the growing post-invasion chaos on ordinary Iraqis.  A selection at the 2016 New York Film Festival, Fahdel’s two-part, vérité portrait of a people under occupation speaks powerfully to the human reality often masked by headlines.  With the war and its aftermath continuing to exert a dire influence over the region and the world.

Special thanks:  Mathieu Fournet, Amélie Garin-Davet—Film Office, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York; Laure Murat, director, UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies; Anouk Phéline—UCLA French and Francophone Studies Department; Vanessa R. Schwartz, USC Visual Studies Research Institute.

Part 2: After the Battle  (France/Iraq, 2015)

DCP, color, in Arabic with English subtitles, 174 min.