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Documentary | Running Time: 90 minutes

2023 / Arabic and English

Country: Iraq, Belgium and France

Directed by: Sahim Omar Kalifa, Jurgen Buedts

World Premiere




Sun 03 Dec | 6:55 PM - 8:30 PM
VOX Cinema 6 Red Sea Mall
Price: 40 SAR
Mon 04 Dec | 9:25 PM - 11:00 PM
VOX Cinema 2 Red Sea Mall
Price: 40 SAR

Jurgen Buedts

Latif Al Ani

Sahim Omar Kalifa, Jurgen Buedts

Latif al-Ani, known as the father of Iraqi photography , began his career taking pictures for the in-house magazine at Iraq Petroleum Company in the ‘50s, recording the emergence of a booming modern Iraq. Now 86, he continued through successive regimes to make images of the country’s exquisite heritage, including many places that have since been destroyed by war. Encouraged in recent years by belated recognition from the West as a major photographer, he travels for this emotional documentary through his tragically ravaged country, seeking out the subjects he once photographed and sharing his unique archive and his stories with the people there now. Many can hardly believe the Iraq he captured really existed.