The film will be available at two set times at the 28th and the 29th of April, the screening of the 29th of April is followed by the panel talk hosted by the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation.
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After decades of devastating war in Iraq, the horrors are still fresh in the minds of different generations. Their disturbing stories are filmed in a poetic style that also cautiously opens a door to beauty and contemplation.
Abd’s film shows how different generations still carry the burden of the war with them. A teenage boy can’t get the image of dead bodies out of his mind. A young woman talks about fighting against ISIS with the Kurdish armed forces. An older man remembers exactly what the victims looked like that he had to bury.
These disturbing stories of the four wars that Iraqis have experienced over the past 40 years are sometimes accompanied by archive footage. In his fragmentary style, Abd also often takes a more poetic approach, with dreamlike shots of murky water or bare feet walking through the forest. As well as documenting the physical and mental devastation, The Fifth Story also cautiously opens a door to beauty and contemplation.
The Fifth Story had its world premiere at IDFA 2020.
IDFA and the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation are proud partners. Both aim to encourage creating an inclusive film industry and foster mutual understanding between Europe and the Arab World through film. IDFA shares the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation’s commitment to finding common ground, common solutions, and common opportunities through equal exchange. In all cases, dialogue is essential to unlock collective wisdom, passion, and creativity. Both organizations believe that documentary film, through its ability to capture nuances and complexities, is an excellent medium to expose and hopefully debunk stereotypes and misconceptions. Through this, cross-cultural bridges can be built, and more inclusive conversations can be initiated.