Tuesday, October 07, 2008

One World Films: The Boys from Baghdad (Lexington: Oct 11/12)

The Boys from Baghdad High

Saturday October 11 – 7:00 pm
Sunday October 12 – 2:00 & 4:30 pm

Central Library Theatre
140 East Main Street
Free and Open to the Public
88 minutes; not rated

The Boys from Baghdad High is a television documentary film which premiered in the United Kingdom at the 2007 Sheffield Doc/Fest, before airing on BBC Two on 8 January 2008. It was also aired in many other countries, including France, Australia, the United States, Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands. It documents the lives of four Iraqi schoolboys over the course of one year in the form of a video diary. The documentary was filmed by the boys themselves, who were given video cameras for the project. The film stars Hayder, a Shiite, Mohammad, who is half-Sunni, half-Shiite, Anmar, a Christian, and Ali, a Kurd. All are friends.

Produced by Renegade Pictures and StoryLabTV for the United Kingdom's British Broadcasting Corporation, Home Box Office in the United States, and the Franco-German network Arte, The Boys from Baghdad High was produced and directed by Ivan O'Mahoney and Laura Winter, executive produced by Alan Hayling and Karen O'Connor for the BBC and Hans Robert Eisenhauer for ARTE. For HBO, Sheila Nevins was credited as an additional executive producer, Victoria Ford and Geof Bartz were consulting editors, and Lisa Heller the supervising producer.

The Boys from Baghdad High has been well received by the mass media, and has received many positive reviews in many countries describing it as "notable", "fascinating", "moving", "appealing" and "exhilarating and chilling". It was nominated for two awards at different film festivals, was named the Best News and Current Affairs film at the European Independent Film Festival, and won the Premier Prize at the Sandford St. Martin Trust Awards. It was also nominated for an award from Amnesty International, and the Radio Times Readers Award.

(Synopsis from: The Boys from Baghdad High. (2008, August 30). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia)

The showing of The Boys from Baghdad High by One World Films is in celebration of The Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice's 25th anniversary, and in participation of the Council's 20 days of Peace and Justice. The Islamic Society of Central Kentucky will host a reception following the Saturday night film showing. All One World films are free and open to the public. For more information please see our website or call (859) 266-6073.

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