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Title Crossing the dust / directed by Shawkat Amin Korki ; Narin Film
Published Honolulu, HI : Asia Pacific Films, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (72 min.)
Series Asian film online
Asian film online
Summary It is April 9, 2003, and Saddam Hussein's statue in Baghdad's Fardous Square has just been toppled. Two Kurdish soldiers - Asad and Rashid - celebrate with their comrades before being ordered to take food supplies to another area. As they travel, they find a lost five-year- old Iraqi boy named Saddam (a beggar child that the director found and decided to cast). Asad, the gentler and more optimistic one, decides they should find the boy's parents. However, the name triggers a kind of Pavlovian response in Rashid and he refuses at first to help Asad. The film begins with a text explaining that many parents took the name, Saddam, as it guaranteed favours from the government. But this had the reverse effect once Saddam fell from power. Shawkat Amin Korki's debut was shot in Iraq soon after the American troops arrived in Baghdad. Much of the footage captured the elation - albeit short- lived - following Saddam's fall. Awards/Festivals: Winner Best Director, Silver Screen Awards, Singapore International Film Festival 2007. Winner NETPAC Award 2007; Asia Pacific Screen Awards Achievement in Director; First Feature Competition Special Jury Mention in Cinefan - Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema 2007; Cairo International Film Festival 2006; Milan African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival 2007; Refugee Film Festival 2008; Tubingen Arabisches Film Festival 2010
Notes Originally produced as a motion picture in 2006
Previously released as DVD
This edition in Arabic and Kurdish with English subtitles
Nominated 2007 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Achievement in Directing
Won 2007 Cinefan - Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema First Feature Competition Special Jury Mention
Won 2007 Singapore International Film Festival NETPAC Award
Won 2007 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Special Mention; Nominated 2007 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Grand Prize
Subject Foreign films -- Iraq.
Motion pictures -- Asia.
Genre/Form Feature films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author 'Alī, Ḥasan
Korki, Shawkat Amin, 1973-
Asia Pacific
Narin Film
Other Titles Original title: Parinawa la ghobar