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Life After the Fall

Kasim Abid

Kasim Abid (Iraq) | Iraq, UK | 2008 | 155 min | Arabic spoken, English subtitles

Voices from the Middle East, in collaboration with Beeld voor Beeld – Documentary Film Festival on Cultural Diversity.

After the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, Iraqi director Kasim Abid, who has lived in exile for thirty years, returns to Baghdad. He has decided to document the huge changes his country is going through by recording the everyday life of his ordinary Shiite family. The chronologically arranged stories of individual family members capture the historic events of the years that follow as well as attempts of this large family to adapt to the changes. The initial enthisiasm for regime change gradually fades, as the chaoic situation in the country makes people repeatedly fear for their lives.