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The First Movie (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 4 September 2010 (USA)
An innovative 'magic realist' documentary set in Iraq. Filmmaker Mark Cousins, who was brought up in a Northern Irish war zone, travels to Goptapa, a Kurdish-Iraqi village of just 700 ... See full summary »

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Mark Cousins ... Self
Gharib Ahmad Rauf Gharib Ahmad Rauf ... Self - Mark Cousins' translator
Mohammed Mahmud Mohammed Mahmud ... Self
Falla Falla ... Self - a friend of Mohammed Mahmud
Mohammed Mohammed ... Self (as Little Mohammed)
Mohammed Namiq Mohammed Namiq ... Self
Jegir Jegir ... Self
Musta Musta ... Self
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An innovative 'magic realist' documentary set in Iraq. Filmmaker Mark Cousins, who was brought up in a Northern Irish war zone, travels to Goptapa, a Kurdish-Iraqi village of just 700 people on a tributary of the Tigris river, and tries to make a dream film about a place that is normally only portrayed in current affairs programmes. He gives the kids cameras. They make little movies about war, love, a fish that goes to a magical place, and a chicken who debates justice. Despite the production being stopped twice by the Iraqi secret police, The First Movie is about wonder and the power of the imagination. Written by Channel 4

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Just brilliant on all fronts
25 September 2010 | by schanenSee all my reviews

This movie played at the Telluride Film festival (2010) and I was fortunate to see it there. It has haunted me since I saw it- it is beautifully done, meaningful and truly a piece of art. It is masterfully directed and narrated and provides a unique view of Iraq, artfully illustrating the humanity of a part of the world that we hear portrayed so negatively in the news media. Everyone should see this movie- literally everyone. It was a consensus among the Telluride crowd that this movie ranked in the top movies to see at the festival. I certainly ranked it as the best film I saw there, and I saw several great films. None touched me like this one.


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