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En identitetspolitisk thriller om livene til et knippe irakere i London.

How to leave a gloomy past and start over again? The story of Baghdad in my Shadow moves between present-day London and a not-too-distant past in Iraq during Saddam Hussein's regime, where betrayal, lies and abuse were parts of daily life. The small café Abu Nawas in London is frequented by a group of exiled Iraqis. Here are poets and communists, but also aspiring Islamists and gay people living more or less openly. What the café guests have in common is a longing to find the balance between who they used to be and who they will become.

One of the dramas unfolding in the café is the relationship between Nasser – a young man with roots in Iraq and an identity crisis in Britain, drawn to increasingly darker and more extremist understandings of Islam – and his uncle, Tawfik. Tawfik wants to guide his nephew onto a different path but struggles to establish a close and honest relationship to him.

We also get to know Amal, a young woman who enters into a relationship with the British engineer Martin. Amal struggles to form a new identity that could encompass both herself and Martin, but her life will be met with more profound challenges. One day, the café gets a new regular: Iraq's cultural attaché to London, coming straight from the airport with a suitcase full of buried secrets.

Gjermund Granlund


Samir er født i Bagdad i 1955, med en sveitsisk mor og en irakisk far. Samirs fulle navn er Samir Jamal al Din. Han jobber som regissør og produsent, og begynte å produsere egne filmer på midten av 1980-tallet. Han er mest kjent for “Baghdad-trilogien” bestående av Baghdad in My Shadow (2019) og dokumentarene Iraqi Odyssey (2014) og Forget Baghdad: Jewish and Arabs - The Iraqi Connection (2002).

This film is part of

Fiction Focus: Culture and Identity

Country Switzerland, Germany, United Kingdom

Year 2019

Director Samir

Screenplay Samir, Furat al Jamil

Cinematography Alfredo de Juan, The Chau Ngo

Producer Joël Louis Jent

Produksjonsselskap Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Coin Film, Ipso Facto Productions

Runtime 1h 45m

Language Arabic, English

Subtitles English

Genre Drama, Suspence

Age limit 15

Lenker IMDb

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