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The Poet of Baghdad

Documentary Short    |  22mins
Dir: Georgie Weedon 

Broadcast globally on Al Jazeera English, selected for Sheffield Doc/Fest, screened Frontline Club, London. 

“Unforgettably poetic, invites one to pause.. so powerful and moving. Wow!” - Theodore Zeldin
"A very moving, gentle portrait of a lost Iraq" - Rageh Omaar.

This is the story of how one man defied a dictator. It is a film about poetry, about exile, about Iraq. But mostly, the film is about love.

In 1979, Nabeel Yasin fled his homeland with his wife Nada and three-year-old son because he had published poetry that did not conform to the views of Saddam Hussein and branded an 'enemy of the state', Yasin faced imprisonment and likely death if he remained in Iraq. He continued to write and publish poetry from exile in the UK, his works were smuggled back into Iraq where they became a popular symbol of resistance. In 2008, Nabeel returned to Iraq for the first time in 28 years.

News coverage on the film:

Nabeel and Georgie on BBC Radio 4 Today programme
Nabeel and Georgie on BBC Worldwide TV
Nabeel and Georgie on BBC World radio's Update with Dan Damon

Georgie interview with Al Jazeera

Rageh Omaar introduces The Poet of Baghdad on Al Jazeera's Witness