Film screening as part of the Arab Film Festival 2008
Life after the Fall
Director: Kasim Abid
(Iraq, 2008, 155 minutes)
This award-winning documentary eloquently depicts the lives of director Kasim Abid’s family in Iraq following the American invasion. Abid returns to his native country after a 30-year absence and is greeted by jubilant family members with high hopes for the post-Saddam future. But over the course of four years, hopes are dashed and despair sets in as the family watches the violence and vigilantism that has beset daily life in Baghdad. Bullets and bombs, kidnapping and gas shortages, unemployment and sectarian violence characterize their stressful, fragmented lives. The filmmaker artfully chronicles the quotidian life of the Abid family against history-making events such as the first democratic elections and the trial of Saddam Hussein. Without an end in sight, we watch as the Abid family members individually take steps to ensure their own survival amidst the prolonged state of chaos.
This screening is part of the Arab Film Festival. For details on the festival, please visit www.aff.org
Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Arab Film Festival, USC School of International Relations
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