Iraq, 2003-2020: From Invasion to Revolution
In July of 2003, Haddad and Antoon were part of a collective that visited Baghdad to film About Baghdad (2004) a documentary about Iraqi lives under dictatorship and military occupation. In the seventeen years since, Iraqis have lived through military occupation, terrorism, sectarian violence, and massive corruption. But they have pushed back and protested against a corrupt political system that has degraded their lives. Their anger exploded in the October Uprising of 2019, which called for an end to seventeen years of corruption. Iraqi youth are demanding a new, non-sectarian, sovereign Iraq. The speakers will discuss these recent developments and their genealogy and show and reflect on clips from the documentary they co-directed.
Dr. Sinan Antoon
Dr. Bassam Haddad
Dr. Rim Turkmani