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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... See more »

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Gharib Ahmad Rauf ...
Self - Mark Cousins' translator
Mohammed Mahmud ...
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Falla ...
Self - a friend of Mohammed Mahmud
Mohammed ...
Self (as Little Mohammed)
Mohammed Namiq ...
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Jegir ...
Self
Musta ...
Self

Directed by

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Mark Cousins

Written by

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Mark Cousins ... (written by)

Produced by

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Robbie Allen ... executive producer
Trish Dolman ... producer
Tabitha Jackson ... executive producer
Gill Parry ... producer
Haydn Wazelle ... associate producer: Canada

Music by

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Melissa Hui

Cinematography by

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Mark Cousins

Film Editing by

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Timo Langer ... (as Timotheus Langer)

Editorial Department

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Darri Donnelly ... title design
David Leishman ... on-line editor
Ben Mullen ... colourist

Sound Department

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Brent Calkin ... location sound recordist
Stephen Cheung ... dialogue editor
Angelo Nicoloyannis ... re-recording mixer / sound effects editor
Miguel Nunes ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor

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Paul Anderson ... compositor
Alan MacEachern ... animation

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Timo Langer ... additional photography (as Timotheus Langer)

Animation Department

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Alan MacEachern ... animator: UK

Transportation Department

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Souad Fatah Ahmad ... driver
Pishtawan Muhammad Ameen ... driver
Karmand Aohan Hameed ... driver
Halwest Saed Ibrahim ... driver

Additional Crew

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Souad Fatah Ahmad ... security: Iraq
Pishtawan Muhammad Ameen ... security: Iraq
Bengin Balata ... post-production translator: UK
Hejar Berenji ... field production coordinator: Canada
Andrew Connor ... production accountant: UK
Katie Crook ... production coordinator: UK
Catherine Demmers ... production bookkeeper (as Cathy Demmers)
Yvonne Dunn ... production lawyer: UK
Rachel Fiddes ... production assistant
Karmand Aohan Hameed ... security: Iraq
Halwest Saed Ibrahim ... security: Iraq
Steve Joberns ... auditor (as Stephen Joberns)
Bjorn Koll ... provider: projector equipment
Lori Massini ... legal services: Canada
Linda McClure ... business affairs: UK
Shofa al Naeoma ... post-production translator
Silas Parry ... production runner
Gharib Ahmad Rauf ... production translator
Paula Sawadsky ... archival researcher
Brendhan Skerritt ... security coordinator: Iraq
Steven Thibault ... production accountant: Canada
Haydn Wazelle ... associate producer: Canada
Salah Xurshid ... caterer

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Polo Askari ... the producers wish to thank
Shiloh Askari ... the producers wish to thank
Fekri Bakhshi ... the producers wish to thank
Jesus Bakhshi ... the producers wish to thank
Murray Battle ... the producers wish to thank
Stuart Cosgrove ... the producers wish to thank
Peter Dale ... the producers wish to thank
Sayran Dizayee ... the producers wish to thank
Khani Hejar ... the producers wish to thank
Kahl Henderson ... the producers wish to thank
Doris Hepp ... the producers wish to thank
Tabitha Jackson ... the producers wish to thank
Bob Last ... the producers wish to thank
Charlie McGrath ... the producers wish to thank
Robert Murphy ... the producers wish to thank
Hamish Mykura ... the producers wish to thank
Vian Rahman ... the producers wish to thank (as Vian Sami Abdul Rahman)
Jaza Hamalaw Rashid ... the producers wish to thank
Outi Saarikoski ... the producers wish to thank
Brendhan Skerritt ... the producers wish to thank
Lesley Weir ... the producers wish to thank
Jeff Whitecross ... the producers wish to thank
Jan Younghusband ... the producers wish to thank

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Der erste Film (Germany)
  • Prvi film (Serbia)
  • Den första filmen (Finland, Swedish title)
  • Ensimmäinen elokuva (Finland)
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  • 76 min
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