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Underexposure (2005)

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Movie: Underexposure

  • Director: Oday Rasheed
  • Stars: Samar Qahtan, Myriam Abbas, Hussein Abdul-Kareem, Yousef al-Any, Basim Hajar, Basim Hamad, Hayder Helo, Majed Rasheed, Muhanad Rasheed, Awatif Salman
  • Release Date: August 04, 2005
  • Run Time: 1h 14min
  • Genre: Drama, War

Hassan is a young Iraqi documentary filmmaker in his mid thirties, who attempts to adjust his life in a materially, humanly and ideologically destroyed city. After the American invasion of Iraq he decides to start filming a documentary about Baghdad. From the very beginning he searches for his protagonists in the close neighborhood and among friends. Ma\’taz is a musician and Hassan\’s best friend from their school days. He is now in the final stages of cancer and lives isolated in his house. Ziad is Hassan\’s cameraman and plays an important part as Hassan\’s alter ego. Nasser is a young autistic man from the neighborhood who finds a wounded Iraqi soldier but is unable to rescue him. His mother Fudha is in her late forties and spends her time between catching and selling fish at the banks of the Tigris river and the small world of Ma\’taz\’s house. She and her son live in a hut very closely to the river. And then there is Abu Shaker, a Kurd, who has spent 25 years waiting for his sons Shaker and Asad who went missing in the North. Hassan moves between these characters and their daily life. Sometimes seen and sometimes as a behind the scene narrator. He is with them in their homes and their close surroundings and then again he leaves and faces the burned ruins of his city Baghdad. The worlds start to dissolve and at the end no one, not even Hassan can tell if these people are real or only an illusion in the fantasy of Hassan. is the creation of a vivid world set against a real backdrop of war and upheaval. Friends, lovers, strangers and family members are woven together by the complexities of their new reality. The first feature length film shot on location in Baghdad after the war, blends reality and fiction to create a lyrical and textured work that captures the dizzying atmosphere of life during war and fiercely illuminates a part of the world long left in the dim.

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