SHADOW IN BAGHDAD
Dir. Duki Dror (70min, Israel/France, 2013)
In Arabic and Hebrew with English Subtitles
Jews once played a major role in Iraqi society, and this investigative documentary traces their story, and that of the brutal campaign that eventually drove them out from Baghdad.
We follow a young Iraqi journalist who sets out to write about Linda Abdel Aziz Menuhin, who escaped to Israel in the early 70’s and whose father, a prominent lawyer, had been kidnapped in Baghdad. The continuous dialog between the two slowly uncovers the tragic end of her father, as well as that of a whole Jewish community that thrived in Iraq for over 2,000 years.
Educated in film and theater at UCLA and in Columbia College Chicago, Duki Dror is an award-winning filmmaker of documentaries. Among his critically-acclaimed documentaries are My Fantasia (2000), Raging Dove (2002), and The Journey of Vaan Nguyen (2005). His latest award winning film is Mendelsohn's Incessant Visions, a documentary about the modernist architect Erich Mendelsohn.