film screening
Our Feelings Took the Pictures: Open Shutters Iraq, 2008
by Maysoon Pachachi

Tuesday 20 July 2010

(Iraq/UK) | 2008 | 102 min. | Arabic/English with English subtitles

For a month, a group of women, from 5 cities in Iraq, live and work together in a traditional courtyard house in Damascus. Everyday they are out on the streets of the Old City practicing their photography. Back in the house, they draw and present ‘life maps’ to each other, telling their stories with a rare honesty, with humor and grief and anger. They unearth memories, buried in the course of just trying to survive 30 years of war and sanctions. The experience transforms them and, back in Iraq, they shoot hundreds of photographs, each imbued with the sharp truth of lived experience.