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BAGHDAD IN MY SHADOW directed by Samir 6

Amal, a wife in hiding, Taufiq, a writer, and Muhanad, a gay IT-specialist, all meet at Café Abu Nawas, a popular hangout for Iraqi exiles in London. Instigated by a Salafist preacher, Taufiq’s nephew Nasseer, a fanatic religious youth, attacks his uncle and turns everyone’s life upside down.


WORLD SALES: Global Screen GmbH, Munich WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019 INTERNATIONAL PRESS: Panorama Entertainment Amélie Linder T +49 172 640 7242

SWITZERLAND / GERMANY / UNITED KINGDOM Fiction, 100 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: English, Arabic SCREENPLAY: Samir, Furat al Jamil CAST: Haytham Abdulrazaq, Zahraa Ghandour, Shervin Alenabi, Andrew Buchan, Kerry Fox, Kae Bahar, Waseem Abbas PRODUCTION: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich /  Coin Film, Cologne / Ipso Facto Productions, London / SRF SWISS PRODUCER: Joël Jent

SAMIR * 1955 in Baghdad, raised in Switzerland. Samir belongs to Switzerland’s most acclaimed filmmakers. He cofounded the production company Dschoint Ventschr in 1994 and has been directing and producing both fiction and documentary films. After his renowned documentaries BABYLON 2 (1993), FORGET BAGHDAD (2002) and the award winning IRAQI ODYSSEY (2014), which premiered at TIFF and was selected for Berlinale Panorama 2015, Samir returns with a fiction film set among Iraqi exiles in London.

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