On December 7th 2015, 140 community members came to Macalester College’s Ruth Stricker Dayton Student Center to view three new films in our Iraqi Voices series.
The films highlight the anti-corruption protests and demands for basic services occurring weekly in cities across Iraq, along with the dangers that middle-class Iraqi professionals continue to face as they attempt to rebuild their country. The directors included video footage of thousands marching in both Najaf and Baghdad each Friday, displaying a passion for justice and the yearning to reclaim Iraq for its people.
The directors and filmmakers answered questions both on the panel discussion following the films and afterwards at an informal reception. The Iraqi filmmakers gave audience members perspectives and facts we do not get from our American media.
Students, older activists, workers, parents and young children, Iraqis and a variety of other Minnesotans came to hear the culmination of Iraqi Voices III, the third year of documentary filmmaking by local Iraqis under the mentorship of Nathan Fisher, professional documentary filmmaker. These documentary shorts will be available on our website soon.
Films from Iraqi Voices I and II are online here.
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Thank you to everyone who made the Minneapolis Sister Cities Day 2013 a success! A special thanks to our volunteers from Target*Northtown who made it a special day for all the kids who attended.
Minneapolis Sister Cities Day is an annual event presenting the cultures of Minneapolis’ 10 Sister Cities, including Najaf, Iraq. IARP and Target hosted a kids activities area at the event with a beanbag toss, cakewalk Arabic-style, a soccer tournament, and other fun activities.
See photos from the day below:
A message of condolences and solidarity from Iraqis to Americans.
Photo credit: Sami Rasouli and the Muslim Peacemaker Teams. View on Facebook.
On January 24, 2013, IARP co-hosted a reception with Iraqi and American veteran authors and filmmakers. The featured authors and filmmakers were refugees, immigrants, and veterans who created books and videos about their stories in Veterans Book Project workshops with IARP and The Advocates for Human Rights in 2012.
The reception was co-hosted by IARP, The Advocates, and the International Leadership Program at the University of St. Thomas. To view the books and videos online, visit http://iraqiartproject.org/bookmaking-and-videomaking/.
By Steve Clemens, IARP Board Member
Clemens is currently in Iraq with a delegation from Minneapolis
The day started with Kathy getting fashion tips from Hiba. She fixes Kathy’s hijab first and then goes to adjust Joan’s but decides Joan has already learned how to do it the proper way! Although Fr. David has a lot of experience in Palestine, Iraq, and other Middle Eastern locations, one of the staff at the guest house insists on wearing the keffeyah differently. David allows for the adjustment although I’m sure it was just a matter of local preference.
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All photos by Alex Potter