Dancing Under Cross Fire

Project information

Talent Karam
Role of participant Editor
Director Haydar Helow
Producer Louis Lewarne
Status finished

Production details

Running time 21 min
Genre Documentary (Creative)
Year of production 2009
Country of Production Iraq
Website https://vimeo.com/82242509


Logline

The journey of an award winning contemporary dance troupe from Baghdad - Iraqi Bodies - takes us into an investigation in modern Iraq and it's absurd cruelty.


still / picture for Dancing Under Cross Fire
still / picture for Dancing Under Cross Fire
still / picture for Dancing Under Cross Fire


Synopsis

This film traces the movements of Iraqis Bodies, an award winning contemporary dance troupe from Baghdad during the preparation of their award-winning performance, ‘Crying of my Mother’. The absurd cruelty of the current situation in Iraq is expressed in the name, lives and performances of this contemporary dance troupe. This unique collection of artists was formed in 2001 and lived worked and performed in Baghdad. After the invasion of Iraq in 2003 diversity in thought and expression got harder. One of the members was shot and the troupe decided to leave Iraq. Three bodies in the absolute, three bodies empty with the energy to prove that the same body that is assaulted, repressed by its own culture, thrown in jail, chained and tortured, chucked on the street, covered with newspapers wet with blood, is the same body that forms fantastic visual stories recounting the multitude of human problems faced in modern Iraq.


Participation in international festivals / awards

Dancing on the edge Festival
Sundance Festival