Remember Baghdad

Remember Baghdad is the untold story of Iraq, an unmissable insight into how the country developed through the eyes of the Jews, Iraq's first wave of refugees. From picnics on the Tigris and royal balls, to hangings, imprisonment and escape, moving individual stories take us from past to present unfolding onto the wider story of the Middle East. In their lives are played out the consequences of the self-serving monarchy imposed by the British, Nazi influence, the creation of Israel and the rise of Saddam Hussein. After 2,600 years living peacefully in the area, in one generation the community vanishes. With vivid testimony, home movies and news archive, as well as footage from Iraq today, we follow the lives of four families trying to make sense of turbulent times, and one man goes back to buy a house in Iraq. It's his dream to re-establish a Jewish presence in the land of his forefathers.

History is made personal, revealing the little-known but fascinating back story of how the disintegration began in a country that has exploded into our lives today.

Produced with Spring Films

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Fiona Murphy self shoots and Echodocs films capture not just the facts but the feelings of those whose lives have been shaped by political forces beyond their control. Whether dark or funny, whether invisible assumptions or the march of armies, the stories are told by the characters.