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Iraqi Film Days

Date of Event: 30/01/2023

Time of Event: 19:00

Location of Event: The Rainbow Theater First Circle – Jabal Amman

Iraqi Film Days 

From Monday 30th January until Wednesday 1st February 2023 at 7 PM
at Rainbow Theatre

Free Entry

Organized by The Royal Film Commission – Jordan, 
in collaboration with Cineiraq

Monday 30 January at 7 PM


Haider Rashid, 72 minutes, drama, English, Arabic and Bulgarian, 2021.

Rated 16+

Kamal has fled Iraq to try to enter «Fortress Europe». At the Turkish-Bulgarian border, local mercenaries are ruthlessly hunting down migrants. Alone in the forest, Kamal has three days to escape.
The film was Iraq's official submission to the 2022 Oscars’ Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film. The film won the Best Actor and Best Director awards at the Red Sea International Film Festival in 2021, and was nominated for various awards at several other festivals including the Hamburg Film Festival and the Seville European Film Festival 2021, amongst others. 

Tuesday 31 January at 7 PM

Iraqi Short Films 

Rated 16+

Ali Kareem, 8 minutes, drama, Arabic with English subtitles, 2017.

Set against the backdrop of ISIS’ imposition of the “jizya” or tax on non-Muslims in its territories, a Christian family devises a plan to protect its only daughter. However, their “perfect” solution might end up having more tragic consequences than intended.
The film won many awards including the Grand Jury Prize – Peoples and Religions at Terni Film Festival 2017 in Italy, as well as Best Short Film at the Medina del Campo Film Festival 2018 in Spain, the Festival Djerissa 2018 in Tunisia.


Once Upon a Time in Kurdistan

Zhino Hadi, 10 minutes, drama, Kurdish with English subtitles, 2019.

Dunia is a 17-year-old girl. After she was raped by her uncle, she seeks help in one of the shelters in KRI and secretly plans to have an abortion.
The film won the Golden Award for Best National Short Film at the Sulaimani International Film Festival in 2019. 


Saman Mustefa, 13 min • Comedy, Horror, Fantasy, Kurdish with English subtitles, 2021.

A Yezidi teenager who lives in a refugees’ camp, helps his family by selling sheep milk, but when his main customer is no longer in service, he must struggle to find other ways to sell his product. 



Yasir Kareem, 18 min, Comedy/Horror/Fantasy, English, 2017.

Lewis, a sunken-eyed composer, crumples unfinished music sheets in desperation. Through his migraine, he recognizes a familiar music coming from across the street. A megaphone with a broken record is guarded by Mary Ann, a quirky old lady who offers to help him if he stays for a tea party. As his missing accords start to materialize in the room, he realizes he has been trapped, and the only way out of the rabbit hole is at the last sip of the teacup.


Black Land

Zainab Faidhi, 3 minutes, animation/drama, silent, 2015.

A fairy tale animation, with a metaphorical story of the rape of a homeland. The
beautiful woman representing Baghdad, who has lost her children and soul to the wars
and destruction. The woman attempts to find an answer for her future but revisits the
past, told through coffee reading – a traditional fortune-telling method in the Middle


Baqer Al-Rubaie, 16 minutes, war-thriller, Arabic with English and French subtitles, 2023.

Yacoub works in the statistics department of a hospital. He answers calls from families who are asking about missing persons during the war. Occasionally, he gets resentful about a telephone conversation that raises his suspicion and anxiety.


Wednesday 1 February at 7 PM

The Exam

Shawkat Amin Korki, 89 minutes, drama, Kurdish with English and Arabic subtitles, 2021.

Rated 16+

Rojin is a young Kurdish-Iraqi woman about to take her university entrance exam. Her unhappily married older sister Shilan decides to help her pass at any cost with the hope of providing her a more emancipated life. This inevitably entangles the two in a huge network of corruption that connects all parts of society.

The film is Iraq's official submission to the 2023 Oscars’ Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film. It also won Best Feature Fiction Film and Best Actress at the London Kurdish Film Festival, UK. In addition to the UNFPA Award, at the Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt. As well as Best Screenplay, at the Tirana International Film Festival, Albania.