Iraqi Odyssey – Interview w/ Director Samir

Filmmaker Samir dives into his most personal and powerful movie to date.  Iraqi Odyssey looks into Samir's family's journey from Iraq to places all over the world. 

Tracing the emigrations of his family over more than half a century, this riveting 3D documentary epic from acclaimed expatriate Iraqi filmmaker Samir pays moving homage to the frustrated democratic dreams of a people successively plagued by the horrors of dictatorship, war, and foreign occupation.

Click through for our interview with Samir about Iraqi Odyssey.

Interview w/ Filmmaker Samir about Iraqi Odyssey.

Samir Photo By Connie Tsang 2014










Samir and I started off by talking about how this project started with his previous documentary, Forget Baghdad: Jews and Arabs – The Iraqi Connection.

I asked about the importance of not just telling his family's tale, but also the burden of telling the story of all Iraqi's who've left home for places unknown all around the world.

Samir talked about the extensive editing process for the film that took years to complete.

I asked Samir about utilizing the 3D elements in the film to help expand the visual look to the story.

The 3D elements in the film help give the many historical photos a real dynamic visual impact, but also helped Samir with that editing process.  In addition to all the historical photos from Iraq and his family Samir uses clips from some of his favorite films.  I asked Samir about what filmmakers are his main influence on his style.

For more information on this outstanding personal documentary please go, here.

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