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Baghdad twist

Author: Joe BalassGermaine Ying Gee WongValentine BalassDino GiancolaJanet LumbAll authors
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Icarus Films, [2008?]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English : Widescreen formatView all editions and formats
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"In this visual memoir, filmmaker Joe Balass, born in Baghdad in 1966, blends a voice-over interview with his mother, Valentine, and an evocative flow of photos, archival footage, and Super-8 home movies of his family's life in Iraq before their departure for a new home in Canada in 1970. In so doing, [the film] provides a poignant portrait of Iraq's Jewish society, which had existed since Babylonian times as one of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short films
Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Interviews
Named Person: Valentine Balass
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Joe Balass; Germaine Ying Gee Wong; Valentine Balass; Dino Giancola; Janet Lumb; National Film Board of Canada.; Icarus Films.
OCLC Number: 272354616
Language Note: In English; closed-captioned.
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 2007.
Credits: Editor, Annie Jean ; original music by Dino Giancola and Janet Lumb ; translation, Joe Balass.
Performer(s): Valentine Balass.
Description: 1 videodisc (34 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD-R, NTSC; widescreen.
Responsibility: the National Film Board of Canada presents ; written and directed by Joe Balass ; producer, Germaine Ying Gee Wong ; a National Film Board of Canada production.

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"In this visual memoir, filmmaker Joe Balass, born in Baghdad in 1966, blends a voice-over interview with his mother, Valentine, and an evocative flow of photos, archival footage, and Super-8 home movies of his family's life in Iraq before their departure for a new home in Canada in 1970. In so doing, [the film] provides a poignant portrait of Iraq's Jewish society, which had existed since Babylonian times as one of the world's oldest and most historically significant Jewish communities, living harmoniously among their Arab neighbors. Following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, however, they began to experience persecution, and thousands of Iraqi Jews fled"--Container.

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Baghdad Twist

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Baghdad Twist is the story of the Balass family from prior to World War II until 1970. Using mainly family photos and Super 8 movies, supplemented by archival newsreel and photos, director Joe Balass uses an interview he conducted with his mother to tell the story of their life as Jews in Baghdad....
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