Forget Baghdad: Jews and Arabs – The Iraqi Connection

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Forget Baghdad: Jews and Arabs – The Iraqi Connection
Directed bySamir
Produced bySamir
Gerd Haag
Karin Koch
Written bySamir
StarringShimon Ballas
Moshe Houri
Music byRabih Abou-Khalil
CinematographyNurit Aviv
Philippe Bellaiche
Edited bySamir
Nina Schneider
Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG
Distributed byArab Film Distribution
Release date
  • November 21, 2002 (2002-11-21) (Switzerland)
  • March 13, 2003 (2003-03-13) (Germany)

Forget Baghdad: Jews and Arabs – The Iraqi Connection is a 2002 documentary film about the Mizrahim, or Jewish community of Iraq. It was written and directed by Samir, an Iraqi born in Baghdad in 1955 and living since 1961 in Switzerland.

The film focuses on five expatriate Iraqi Jews, most living in Israel: Shimon Ballas, Moshe (Moussa) Houri, Sami Michael, Samir Naqqash, and Ella Habiba Shohat.

The film's music is by Rabih Abou-Khalil. It was produced by Karin Koch and Samir and edited by Nina Schneider and Samir. The directors of photography were Nurith Aviv and Philippe Bellaiche.

The film was a coproduction between TagTraum Cologne, Gerd Haag, SF DRS, Teleclub, and Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion. It is 112 minutes in length.

The DVD, which is distributed by Arab Film Distribution, comes with a 30-minute "Making of the film" featurette. The DVD has multiple audio tracks and subtitles in English, German, French, Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, and Spanish.


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