Francis Alÿs has adopted this unique idea of telling the story of history itself through children. This film captures the history of Iraq from the Sykes-Picot agreement in 1916 to the Islamic State’s influence of terror in 2016.
These children, who have only seen war and destruction, do not know about a country named Iraq. instead, they only their country by their town name near Mosul, a city so small that it is not even visible on the Google maps.
The story begins where the land was unoccupied until some external forces came and started drawing lines. It shows how deserts are beautifully powerful and how kids are inherently jubilant, regardless of the situations around them. This heartfelt film encapsulates the audience in the tug of war between the politicians and the poetics and depicts how kids see their future when these forces are fighting for oil in their country.
CATEGORY New Frontier Films & Performances
RUN TIME 61 min
SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles
COMPANY Francis Alÿs studio
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