Iraq: Film Postwar Revival
|April 25, 2013||Filled under Iraq Daily News|
Loud sound generator, the electric wires strung everywhere and confusion of the security checkpoint is the face of cinema operations in Iraq today, not to mention the lack of space for studio and “scarce” filmmaking team of experts. However, artists such as Abbas Sudiq still feel happy to return to work. War and international sanctions have made much of the infrastructure and the Iraqi industry – including the movie industry – fell into ruin. In war-torn circumstances, cinema Iraq is not yet state funding priorities and drama finally enjoy that privilege in 1990. However, the independent film makers still struggle trying to survive.
After U.S. troops leave Iraq, the oil industry that grew to the highest level in decades, thanks to the billions of dollars in contracts with foreign companies. Daily life in Iraq has been gradually showing signs of stability, and the state says it’s time to be able to restore funding for the arts of the country.
2013, the Iraqi Ministry of Culture has enlisted the $ 4.7 million amount sufficient to fund 21 short and feature-length films as well as documentary mention of sensitive topics such as the confrontation between the two Shiite and Sunni as well as family honor. Ismail al-Jubouri, a leading official of the Ministry of Culture, optimistic: “Hopefully we can develop, because in Iraqi cinema history we never produced four films in a year.”
A Long Story
In the 50s last century, cinema Iraq produced only 2 films a year with few sporadic documentary. In the 25 years of Saddam Hussein in power since 1979, Iraq cinema – as well as art, theater and music – mostly propaganda tool for the Baath Party. At that time, the film primarily focuses on the Iraq war – Iran (1980 – 1988) described Iraq as winning side. Please describe the life of Saddam Hussein as the movie “The day long.”
The 70 is considered the golden age of cinema Iraq, when the government opened the first cinema of this country, to strengthen financing for long films and filmmakers called on Arab help. “Head” is the first movie of Iraq colors are produced during this period. Faisal al-Yassiri, director of “head”, is one of the directors receive funding from the state.
After the U.S. and allied forces attacked Iraq in 2003, toppled the regime of President Saddam Hussein, your movies with all the film equipment looted the country, followed by violence racial make artistic talent depleted. But, in an effort to revive the country’s cinema, independent film makers also achieved some notable successes – for example, the film “Son of Babylon” by private funding received numerous awards International and was chosen as the official movie of Iraq attended Oscar – an annual award by the Academy of Arts and Sciences American cinema – 2011.
Currently, the director is heartened Iraq funding decision whether filmmakers back the money supply is not included in comparison with international standards. According to the film program sponsored by the Government of Iraq, long film will receive a maximum of 1.25 billion dinars (about U.S. $ 1.07 million). While short films – such as “Tears of the man” – getting a lot less money.
Saad Abdullah, the producers of “Tears of the man,” rated film financing decisions of state. He said: “I feel they want to help us. They do not sponsor many but we will do everything in my ability.”
The Big Picture
However, not everyone is excited about the support of the Iraqi government cinema. Kasim Abid, who returned to Iraq after 2003 to train film production, funding initiatives that express political views rather than encouraging local filmmakers. Abid said: “It is a political propaganda rather than culture.”
Mufid al-Jazairi, chairman Cultural Organization Support independent Iraq, said that the efforts of the government to the arts for all. Jazairi said: “When weak private sector, only the state can act as donors. They do need support in all areas of the arts.”
Many filmmakers, artists and musicians also said they always felt the reluctance of conservative religious ideology of a new Iraqi government – with the parties and Islamic militants want to impose the extreme views of Islam on the arts. And, even though Iraq has developed cinematography, the film is also a challenging problem. Because, despite the security situation has improved too much away, the villagers were reluctant to step up to the crowded places.
In Iraq 90 theaters, 64 theaters are concentrated in the capital, Baghdad, has only a few theaters. Baghdad government plans to build three cinemas inside the campus of the National Theatre, which includes a 40-seat hall for children with a 3D projector.
Fawzi al-Atroushi, Iraqi Deputy Culture, defines the plans to repair 90 cinemas and 20 theaters, most of which have been destroyed or abandoned in recent years due to the terrorist attacks. Al-Astroushi also said that along with the repair, the public entertainment venues also get modern equipment.
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