Shoot the war – Iraqi visions of the war
In Iraq a young generation of moviemakers is growing although the country is fighting against Daesh and threatens once more to sink into a sectarian conflict. They are aged 20 to 30, they refuse religious labels while studying at the Collège des Beaux-Arts in Baghdad. After having undergone the American invasion and it’s disastrous consequences – intra confessional violence, car bombs, kidnapping, apparition of fanaticism – these young Iraqis have chosen the camera to express daily instability and to forward a peace message.
In order to encourage this initiative and to give a new impulse to cinema in this devastated area, Katia Jarjoura, a Lebanese Canadian director familiar with Iraq, left for Baghdad in September 2015. There she organised and directed a workshop on short films for young Iraqi directors. During three intense weeks around 30 participants managed to develop, shoot and edit 8 short films dealing with war. The result is for the majority of the candidates their first film. Despite precarious production circumstances – power cuts, extreme heat, daily security problems, logistical and technical difficulties – each film has the unique value of being a vision from inside.