Wed 25 March 2015. 8 pm. Hampstead Garden Suburb synagogue, London N2 0RE. BAGHDAD TWIST (33 mins – 2008) & SHADOW IN BAGHDAD (70 mins – 2013)
PRIVATE VIEW: A unique opportunity to see two highly-acclaimed films set in the twilight years of the Jewish community of Iraq.
BAGHDAD TWIST : In the early 1970s Joe Balass, aged 4, escaped with his family and made his new home in Canada. But Iraq has never left him. This short film is a portrait of Iraq in the 1960s through newsreels, and life for the remaining 3,000 Jews through home movies and photos. The filmmaker’s mother narrates their experiences.
SHADOW IN BAGHDAD: Duki Dror’s ‘Shadow in Baghdad’ chronicles the story of Linda Abdul Aziz Menuhin, an Israeli columnist and blogger who fled her native Iraq. A young journalist in Baghdad reaches out to Linda via Skype: he offers to help her trace the disappearance of her father in Iraq in 1972, one of some 50 Jews abducted by Saddam Hussein’s tyrannical regime. Will Linda finally achieve closure? Admission free (donations welcome) but pre-booking essential:Contact: Spiro Ark, email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring : 0207 289 6321 or Harif: Email email@example.com or ring 07506033848.