Today it is a little difficult to imagine a nice Jewish girl being crowned Miss Baghdad, but in 1947, Jews were government ministers, military officers, prominent businesspeople, bankers, merchants, court musicians…and were invited to—and threw—the best parties. In fact, they had lived, flourished and contributed to life in the city for over 2,600 years (think Babylonian Talmud). By 1948, the year Israel was established, the situation had dramatically changed. Filmmaker Fiona Murphy’s intimate interviews, use of extensive personal and news archives, as well as footage from Iraq today, reveal the little-known, but fascinating backstory of the disintegration of peaceful coexistence.
Welcome to the largest Big Tent community showcase of Israeli features, docs and TV series--made in Israel and/or by Israelis in the past 12 months--in the Midwest! You’ll take a deep dive beyond the headlines. See Chicago Premieres of some of the most talented and internationally award-winning directors, actors and other artists working today as they share their multicultural perspectives. And have unprecedented opportunities to dialog, laugh, cry, party and otherwise interact in person with cinephiles of all backgrounds. We look forward to seeing you again, or meeting you for the first time, soon.