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The Liberace of Baghdad (2005)

Held up in a heavily fortified Baghdad hotel, Iraq's most famous pianist Samir Peter tries to survive the "peace" of post-war Iraq as he waits for his visa that will grant him a new life in America.

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Held up in a heavily fortified Baghdad hotel, Iraq's most famous pianist Samir Peter tries to survive the "peace" of post-war Iraq as he waits for his visa that will grant him a new life in America.

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Baghdad Nights
22 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sean McAllister's humanistic portrait of Samir Peter shows how this concert pianist turned hotel performer lives in a country that's been a hard place to be for thirty-five years and that's only getting worse by the day. The thing that really makes the film, is that Samir is not particularly interested in political rhetoric, he just wants to keep his friends and family happy and safe. Which is not to say the film is devoid of political opinions, it's just not the focus. This film should be seen, not only because it's funny and educational and engrossing- but also because it documents a very interesting guy living in a time when just the making of this film with a western journalist could get Samir, his family and Sean kidnapped or killed. It's quite a privilege to have seen this great film.


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