Remember Baghdad Film Screening

Date: 
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 -
18:15 to 21:00
Location: 
The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

Remember Baghdad

Iraq's last Jews tell the story of their country

directed by Fiona Murphy 

 

Sponsored by Dangoor Education 

 

 

On the hundredth anniversary of the British invasion in 1917, Remember Baghdad is the untold story of Iraq, an unmissable insight into how the country developed from a completely new perspective - through the eyes of the Jews who lived there for 2,600 years until only a generation ago. With vivid home movies and archive news footage, eight characters tell their remarkable stories, of fun that was had, and the fear that followed as Iraq laid foundations for decades of unrest. Amid the country's instability today the film follows one Iraqi Jew on a journey home, back to Baghdad. 

The story begins in a happy period for the Jews. In 1917 a third of the citizens of Baghdad are Jewish. The descendants of the scholars who wrote the Babylonian Talmud are now westernizing fast. In 1947 the first Miss Baghdad is Jewish. Jews are parliamentarians. They attend fancy parties and picnics on the Tigris with the elite. 

But after the creation of Israel, they are no longer safe. A mass exodus takes place, though many thousands stay behind, loyal to the country they love. Finally, after 1967, Saddam Hussein mobilises a mass movement against them and they must flee. 

The film's characters tell their story with poignant regret and clarity. 

You can view the trailer here.

All proceeds will support our highly successful BISI Visiting Iraqi Scholars Programme that fosters scholarly exchange between Iraq and the rest of the world. For more information contact the Administrator on email: bisi@britac.ac.uk or tel.: +44 (0)20 7969 5274

Ticket costs: £5 Students; £10 BISI Member and £15 Non-Members

Tickets to this special screening can be purchased here

The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the Director and David Dangoor. A reception will follow. 


We are grateful to Dangoor Education for supporting the screening event and the Visiting Iraqi Scholar's Programme and to Dartmouth Films for assistance with the screening.