Take Me to the Cinema
Albaqer Jafeer, 61 min, Documentary, in Arabic with English subtitles, Iraq/ Egypt, 2021
Director Albaqer Jafeer realizes that the story of 65-year-old novelist, and once Iraqi soldier, Nassif Falak is taking a shape that very much resembles his own current story. Jafeer meets the writer who found his safe haven in cinema during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s. Impacted by a particular film, Falak develops the dream of becoming an actor. When Jafeer meets Falak, they both try finding that film in post war Baghdad. This journey leaves Jafeer torn: should he stay in Baghdad, or should he leave to make his dream come true?
The film has competed at the third edition of Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film and has received a Special Mention in the feature-length Arab documentary category. It also participated at the Red Sea International Film Festival.