"Zaman: The Man From the Reeds"
Directed by Amer Alwan
Amer Alwan's bittersweet drama carries the distinction
of being the first movie in 15 years to be filmed entirely in Iraq. Set
along the fertile banks of the Tigris river, Alwan's film chronicles the
pleasant, peaceful existence of Zaman (Sami Kaftan), his wife (Shatha Salim),
and their adopted son Yacine (Hussein Imad), a refuge from the 1991 Gulf
War. When Zaman's wife falls ill, the elderly man sets out in search of
medicine, courageously paddling his way to Baghdad even as radio reports
warn of the impending American invasion. "A small gem... the most
provocative film at this year's festival" (The Village Voice at the
Tribeca Film Festival). Arabic with English subtitles. 77 minutes.