9/11, TWENTY YEARS ON PART 2: IN SEARCH OF The declaration of a “War on Terror” has been the most globally significant consequence of 9/11. Over the past two decades, millions have had their lives changed forever by these conflicts. Given the recent withdrawal of troops and the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, the legacy of this intervention remains controversial. This programme challenges dominant narratives by addressing the events from unexpected angles. Afghan and Iraqi filmmakers draw out stories behind the headlines and remind us of the region’s complicated history, whilst glimpses of pre-war life remind us that these countries are not defined by one moment. Introduced screening.
SHADOW OF PARADISE
Max Hattler UK / Germany, 2005, 02:00 Islamic and American symbols collide to a soundtrack of explosions, missile fire and fireworks in this abstract exploration of nationalist iconography and what it means to viewers today.
Sahar al-Sawaf, Thomas Helman Iraq / USA, 2020, 07:00 Al-Sawaf, an Iraqi immigrant living in the USA, uses photographs and hand-painted 35mm to depict family who are alive, dead or missing in Iraq, 30 years after Operation Desert Storm.