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Director Abbas Fahdel Presents “homeland: Iraq Year Zero” In A Special Tour Of Us Universities

Director Abbas Fahdel will be presenting his latest film Homeland, Iraq Year Zero, in multiple universities on the East coast of the United States. A regular theatrical run of the film will take place at Anthology Film Archive on that occasion. More information below.

In February 2002—about a year before the U.S. declared war in 2003—Iraqi filmmaker Abbas Fahdel traveled home from France to capture everyday life as his country prepared for war. He zeroed in on family and friends as they went about their business, with much of the action seen through the eyes of the director’s 12-year-old nephew, Haider. When Fahdel returned in 2003, two weeks after the war started, daily activities like going to school or shopping at the market had become nearly impossible; many areas of Baghdad had been closed off to ordinary citizens, yet everyone pressed on. The young Haider represents, in various ways, the voice of his people. Fahdel’s epic yet intimate film paints a compelling portrait of people simply trying to exist in the midst of constant turmoil, and describes the fine line between life and death that civilians in a war zone must walk from day to day.

Tour Program:

- Harvard University - Harvard Film ArchiveParti 1: Saturday, October 1, 7pm - Part 2: Sunday, October 2, 7pm More information here

- New York City - CUNY, Graduate Center, The Center for HumanitiesWednesday, October 5>The Q&A will be open to the public, while the screening is only open to CUNY students.

- Dartmouth College - Hopkins Center for the ArtsPart 1: Saturday, October 8, 7pm - Part 2: Sunday, October 9, 4pmMore information here

Regular theatrical run:

- New York City - Anthology Film ArchivesStarting Thursday, October 6, Part 1 at 4pm, Part 2 at 7:30pmMore information here