SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies
Shadow in Baghdad
Film Screening and Panel Discussion
7pm Thursday 20th November
Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS
The film will be followed by a panel discussion with
Linda Menuhin Abdul Aziz (journalist, film protagonist)
Adel Darwish (author and journalist);
Amal al-Jubouri (Director of the Arab Human Rights Academy)
Chair: Dr. Yair Wallach (SOAS)
SHADOW IN BAGHDAD (director: Duki Dror, 2013) tells the story of Linda Menuhin Abdul Aziz, who escaped the upheaval of Iraq in the early 1970’s to Israel, and her father, who disappeared shortly thereafter to an unknown fate. The film follows Linda as an unexpected connection with a young Iraqi journalist sets her back on the path towards Baghdad and the truth behind her father’s disappearance. What they ultimately uncover is not only the fate of Linda’s father but that of the once thriving Iraqi Jewish community whose glorious history came to an abrupt end in the 1970’s. At once a story of tragedy and redemption, Shadow in Baghdad tells of an important chapter in the turbulent history of the Middle East as it points to a distinct hope for the future as well.
THE PANEL DISCUSSION will consider Iraq’s Jewish past against the country’s current predicament and the question of human rights, civic solidarity and minorities in the Middle East.
The event is free and there is no need to book
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG