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In 1952 and subsequently, as Jews left the country, the Iraqi government stripped many Iraqi Jews of their property, including religious and cultural artifacts. In 2003, over 20,000 Jewish religious, cultural and personal artifacts were discovered by US soldiers at Saddam Hussein’s secret police headquarters in Baghdad. Today, the Iraqi Jewish community, spread throughout the world, is struggling to keep these items, now called The Iraqi Jewish Archives, safe and accessible for future generations. Saving the Iraqi Jewish Archives explores the history and stories of the Iraqi Jewish Archive as well as the plan to return these same archives to a politically unstable Iraq. If that happens, one day there may be little hard evidence for the community to prove they ever existed in Iraq. Moreover, this same plight is being inflicted upon other minorities in the Middle East. The culmination of the film is a call to action, offering potential solutions to the fate of the archives, while making it clear that sending the archives back to Iraq would be disastrous. This documentary brings you face to face with these last remnants of a people whose 2700-year bittersweet journey of identity, forever bound to the land between the rivers, may have reached the point of no return.


Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with directors Carole Basri & Adriana Davis, and moderator Dr. Henry Green, chair & founder of Sephardi Voices. To view the conversation please click here.



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Sponsored by Judith & Morris Tuchman.


The Miami Jewish Film Festival virtual program is made possible with the generous support of Benjamin Nahum and Tamar Roodner.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    60 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Southeast US Premiere
  • Director
    Carole Basri, Adriana Davis
  • Screenwriter
    Carole Basri, Adriana Davis
  • Cinematographer
    Andrei Khabad, Bill Cote
  • Editor
    Adriana Davis