Arab Film Festival

Love and Loss: Stories from Iraq

Expired November 29, 2021 7:45 AM
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Through a mix of narrative, documentary and experimental shorts produced all around the world, we present seven stories chronicling the struggles faced by Iraqis over the past 50 years. From the Iraq-Iran War to Desert Storm to ISIS and the persecution of the Yazidi people, these films offer us windows into a world that many of us don't see.

This program includes the following films:

In the Shadow of Paradise (United States) dir. Sahar al-Sawaf & Thomas Helman

Mother is Back (Iraq) dir. Rami Al-Shatri

The Black Veil (Qatar) dir. A.J. Al-Thani

Aziz (United States) dir. Ramiel Petros

Grace (Australia) dir. Brian Patto

Safia (Iraq) dir. Ahmed Abd

Ido (Iraq) dir. Saman Mustefa

Grace; a wide-eyed, pink pajamaed child of only eight; survives with Dad within the confines of her home. At their doorstep is Mosul — a land of hatred under fundamentalist tyranny. A land shielded from Grace, its constant weight resting heavy on the shoulders of Dad. When violent fanatics come to their home, Dad uses the innocent game of hide-and-seek as a means of protecting his daughter.

About the filmmaker:

Brian Patto is an Iraqi born, Melbourne based award-winning director and editor. He has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands to deliver superbly creative TV and Online commercials for over 10 years. Delivering world-class work for Schweppes, ANZ, Medibank, and the Australian Government just to name a few. 

  • Year
  • Runtime
    11 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Director
    Brian Patto
  • Screenwriter
    Christopher Gillingham
  • Producer
    Darren McFarlane, Georgia Mappin
  • Executive Producer
    Julia Adams, Darren McFarlane, Brian Patto, Aaron Farrugia, Briner Patto
  • Cast
    Basel Patto, Lara Matti, Johnny Qaryaqos, Grace Mansour
  • Cinematographer
    Aaron Farrugia
  • Editor
    Christopher Gillingham
  • Composer
    Dmitri Golovko
  • Sound Design
    Paul Shanahan