On the Banks of the Tigris: the hidden story of Iraqi music

2015, 79 mins, HD, stereo, Producer/Director: Marsha Emerman


When Majid Shokor escaped from Iraq he discovered that the songs he loved as a child in Baghdad have a hidden history.  To find out more, Majid makes a bold journey from Australia to Israel, Europe and Iraq to meet Iraqi musicians, hear their music and stories, and unite them in a concert for peace and reconciliation.

* Featuring: Majid Shokor, Ahmed Mukhtar, Yair Dalal, Farida and the Iraqi Maqam Ensemble. Editor: Lucy Paplinska, Production Co-ordinator: Merran Williams, Cinematography: Sander Snoep, Philippe Bellaiche, Peter Zakharov, Hayder Daffar, Sound: Jan Wouter Stam, Tully Chen, Bob Phelps, Richard Merrick

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Screenings

Official Selection - Arab Film Festival, San Francisco

On the Banks of the Tigris “unearths vital history” says Deana Nassar, Artistic Director of the 19th Arab Film Festival, October 16-25 in San Francisco.  Our film has been invited to screen with other works 'that provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity of the Arab world.” https://www.facebook.com/arabfilmfestival

Global Peace Film Festival - USA premiere

On the Banks of the Tigris has been selected to screen in the 13th Global Peace Film Festival, Sept 28–Oct 4 in Orlando, Florida. This wonderful festival “shows films across genres that explore peace, social justice, and can be catalysts for change.” https://www.facebook.com/PeaceFilmFest

 

World Premiere - Montreal World Film Festival

On the Banks of the Tigris will have its world premiere screening at the 39th Montreal World Film Festival (Festival des Films du Monde) in Canada, August 27 - September 7, 2015.  The goal of the festival is “to encourage cultural diversity and understanding between nations and foster the cinema of all continents.” https://www.facebook.com/FFMMontreal

 

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Press


Iraqi Music and Peace Film Finished, AJDS News, December 2014


The Ballads of Baghdad, Australian Jewish News, 3/10/08

Harmonies in Old Iraq - The Age, 22 September 2007


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Photos

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Ahmed Mukhtar (visit website)

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Yair Dalal and Majid (visit website)

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Farida Mohammad Ali (visit website)

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Abraham Salman

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Alber Elias

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Elias Shasha

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Majid films in Baghdad

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Iraqi Chanting Group

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Iraqi musicians in rehearsal

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Majid interviews Afifa Iskander

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Looking out on the Tigris River

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On the Baghdad booksellers street


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This film was developed with the assistance of Film Victoria and funded with the assistance of Creative Partnerships Australia, Documentary Australia Foundation and the San Francisco Film Society.   Thank you to: Australian Communities Foundation - Dennoch Fund,  Harold Mitchell Foundation, Shark Island Documentary Fund, Graham Smith Peace Foundation, Besen Family Foundation,  Finkel Foundation, Search Foundation, Victorian Multicultural Commission, and many generous individual donors. 

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