Mirrors of Diaspora

About The Film

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On the 15th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, Mirrors of Diaspora explores themes of exile, creativity, identity and war told through the lives of seven Iraqi artists living outside the country of their birth. Filmed over three decades, this ambitious project explores the artists' challenges, failures and successes, both professionally and personally. The central question the film poses is: what are the consequences of spending most of one’s life in exile?

Kasim Abid
Unclassified 15+
88 mins

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the director

Kasim Abid

Kasim Abid

Kasim Abid is an award-winning Iraqi filmmaker, director, producer and is the
cameraman of all his films. He graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts- Baghdad
and holds an MA from VGIK-All-Union State Institute of Cinematography-Moscow.
He came to London in 1982 where he continues to live and work as a filmmaker.
Co-Founder of ‘Independent Film and TV College’ non-governmental free-of-charge
film-training centre in Baghdad. Films produced by the college’s students won many
prizes at Arab and international festivals. Also, Kasim taught film directing and
cinematography in Britain, Jordan, Sudan and Palestine (in Jerusalem, Gaza and
Birzeit University).
Kasim was a jury member at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2010, and Ismailia
International Film Festival 2013.
He was also, the Director/Organizer of two festivals in Iraq:
Documentary Film Festival 2011and Baghdad Eye-Human Rights Film Festival 2012

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