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Free Film Study Guide Now Available

The 'On the Banks of the Tigris' study guide has been released for schools, students and teachers.  Produced with Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM), this guide is loaded with information, activities, and other useful resources. Special thanks to the Dennoch Fund- Australian Communities Foundation for supporting the writing and production of the guide. The guide can be downloaded for free here: http://theeducationshop.com.au/downloads/atom-study-guides/on-the-banks-of-the-tigris-the-hidden-story-of-iraqi-music-atom-study-guide/

 

 

Tigris to Screen at Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn, from March 3, 2016

On the Banks of the Tigris will have an exclusive season at Melbourne's newest arthouse cinema-plex.
http://www.lidocinemas.com.au/Movie/On-The-Banks-Of-The-Tigris-The-Hidden-Story-Of-Iraqi-Music


Winner, Audience Choice Award,  Arab Film Festival

On the Banks of the Tigris screened in San Francisco and Los Angeles and was awarded the Audience Choice Award at the Arab Film Festival.
http://www.arabfilmfestival.org/aff2015-award-winners/


Winner, Best Documentary, Baghdad International Film Festival

On the Banks of the Tigris was awarded lst prize in the Documentary Competition at the Baghdad International Film Festival. We are very honoured to receive this award for our story of music, peace and reconciliation. http://www.baghdadfilmfest.com/pages/winners2015


Australian Premiere at Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF)

Australian premiere screenings of On the Banks of the Tigris will be held in Sydney- Nov 8, 4:15 pm and Melbourne- Nov 12, 7:00 pm & Nov 15, 3:45 pm. Q & A with filmmakers hosted by authors Joseph Wakim in Sydney and Arnold Zable in Melbourne.  Tickets:http://www.jiff.com.au/films/banks-tigris-hidden-story-iraqi-music/


Tigris Nominated for Best Documentary - Social & Political Issues

Top news!  On the Banks of the Tigris is a Finalist for Best Documentary - Social & Political Issues in the ATOM Awards, given annually by the Australian Teachers of Media.http://atomawards.org/2015-tert…/on-the-banks-of-the-tigris/


Tigris World Premiere Screening in Montreal, Canada

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

 

Our project has been selected for MATCH funding

Great news! Our film is now supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH. Donate by May 25th, 2015 and every dollar you give will be doubled!! Amounts over $2 are tax deductible. Please go to: https://australianculturalfund.org.au/…/on-the-banks-of-th…/ Your donation will support public and community screenings, film festival entries, and our program to promote peace in the Middle East.

 

On the Banks of the Tigris is a finished feature film!

We're thrilled to announce that our documentary 'On the Banks of the Tigris' is FINISHED!!! Thanks so much to everyone for supporting us to complete this film. Now please help to get the film seen everywhere. To donate: https://australianculturalfund.org.au/…/on-the-banks-of-th…/

 

June 16th Fundraising Concert with Kavisha Mazzella and Mesopotamia

We're delighted to announce a fundraising concert to support post-production costs of completing our film. Superb singer-songwriter Kavisha Mazzella and Middle East music group Mesopotamia will perform on Sunday June 16, 2:00 - 5:00 pm at the 60L Green Building, 60 Leicester St, Carlton.  Marsha and Majid will also present a sneak preview of scenes from the film, including clips from the Barbican Centre 'Banks of the Tigris' concert last September.

For credit card bookings go to:   http://banksoftigris.eventbrite.com.au

To pay by cheque or EFT email: marsha@fruitfulfilms.com.au

If you are unable to attend the concert but would like to support the post-production process,

Artists

Kavisha Mazzella is an Aria-award winning folk artist - powerful, haunting and totally captivating.  Her album, 'Love and Sorrow' won the National Fim and Sound Archive Award for Best Folk Relase of the National Folk Festival, 2011.

Mesopotamia is an exciting Middle Eastern ensemble who play authentic Iraqi music. Their innovative style synthesises Eastern and Western traditions and includes compostions by young, contemporary Arab composers.

 

Barbican Banks of Tigris Concert a Huge Success

Fabulous music, Majid's perfect hosting, and an enraptured audience made The Banks of the Tigris concert in London a great success. As UK musician and audience member Carol Isaacs said: 'What a wonderful evening! From the first word from Majid to the last glorious song, it was an uplifting and inspiring concert.  Can not wait to see the finished documentary. Congratulations to the organisers and performers.' To see photos from the rehearsals and concert visit:

http://www.facebook.com/OnTheBanksOfTheTigris

 

Tigris Film Project Brings Joy to Our Donors

'How absolutely fabulous what you're achieving!  We are thrilled to hear that you are being accepted both nationally and internationally, and by such a wide range of people and groups.  Huge congratulations to you!  Your project and your successes are giving us much joy.'  - Australian Communities Foundation - Dennoch Fund

 

Marsha and Majid Interviewed on Barbican podcast about the concert

Listen to the Barbican’s September podcast to hear Marsha and Majid talk about the Jewish role in Iraqi music and the wonderful Banks of the Tigris concert on September 27th in London.

http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?id=13566&pg=4022

 

Full House Expected At Barbican's Banks of the Tigris Concert

Tickets are nearly sold out for the Barbican' Banks of the Tigris peace concert on Sept 27th in London.  Thanks again to our many supporters, with special thanks to Fran Murrell, David Leece, and Dr. Naim Dangoor for helping us to film this fabulous event.  Thanks also to Chris Sharp, Music Programmer at the Barbican and to the wonderful musicians Ahmed Mukhtar, Yair Dalal, and Farida's Iraqi Maqam Ensemble who'll take part in this historic concert for peace and reconciliation between all Iraqis.


London's Barbican Centre To Host On the Banks of the Tigris Concert

On September 27, 2012 the Barbican Centre, London, UK will host the Banks of the Tigris peace concert.  The superb Iraqi musicians Yair Dalal from Israel, Ahmed Mukhtar from London, and Farida’s Iraqi Maqam Ensemble from Amsterdam will all perform.  Majid Shokor, our film's storyteller, will be the concert MC.

We will film this special concert and rehearsals for our documentary, to send a message of peace and reconciliation to audiences around the world.  The concert and our film will show how Iraqi music and culture crosses religious boundaries and expresses the aspirations of Jews, Muslims and Christians to live together in harmony, as they did for thousands of years.

We're very excited about this concert which fulfills our dream of bringing Iraqi musicians of all faiths together to perform in a top quality venue, with the support of a major arts centre.  Please support us to complete our documentary and to film this great event.

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Fruitful Films Supports International Women Students

To celebrate International Women's Day and support female international students living in Australia, Fruitful Films was commissioned by the Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women's Coalition (VIRWC) to make a short video. 'Women in Harmony' documents a march through Melbourne wtih women students from around the world.  To watch this video please scroll down and click on the link below.

Women in Harmony

To view this 7 minute film, click the play button