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The American Film Showcase Comes to Erbil and Dohuk

January 10-14, 2013
Group of people listen to female. (Credit: Erbil Iraq Embassy)

A female student studying to be a director shares her “3-minute script” as Roland captures it on film

The U.S. Consulate General Erbil hosted two well-known American film directors from January 10 to 14, 2013. Marilyn Agrelo and Roland Legiardi-Laura visited Iraq to show their documentary films and meet with established and aspiring Iraqi filmmakers as part of the U.S. Department of State’s American Film Showcase program.

While in the Iraqi Kurdish Region, they ran workshops with local arts organizations and students from the Institute of Fine Arts and University of Kurdistan-Hawler (UK-H) and held a discussion with representatives of the Kurdish Regional Government’s Ministry of Culture. The American filmmakers also traveled to Dahuk, where they discussed film projects with the General Directorate of Culture, Arts, Youth and Sports. A talented poet, Legiardi-Laura, also conducted a workshop on poetry with students from Salahaddin University.

Contributing to the rebuilding of Iraq’s film industry is an important part of the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement, which calls for cultural cooperation between the United States and Iraq. The American Film Showcase, a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, aims to use film to promote tolerance and mutual understanding throughout the world.