On the Banks of the Tigris: The Hidden Story of Iraqi Music (2015)

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This documentary follows a genial Muslim Australian host of Iraqi descent as he traces the origins and general excitement of Iraqi music, which has a strong Jewish component. He travels to ... See full summary »

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8 September 2017 | jeffsultanof
| Extraordinary Document
This film proves yet again that culture unites people. Majid Shokor, an Iraqui living in exile in Australia, is determined to find out the roots of Iraqui popular music, and seeks out many musicians old and younger as well as musicologists. Jews, Muslims and Christians all created a rich tapestry of music heard in Baghdad during the mid- 20th century, but Shokor finds that the younger generation in Iraq believes this music is folk music and are unaware of who actually wrote and performed it, particularly that many of the most influential musicians were Jewish. Much history was purged over the years.

Shokor's efforts to find the truth culminate in a concert of Iraqui music at the Barbican Center in London in 2012, an event of rediscovery, celebration and reconciliation.

This extraordinary film has been making the rounds of festivals since 2015, and is definitely worth searching out.

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