Members whom interviewed in this featured documentary
INSO members who been presented in this Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra featured documentary and played a role in delivering the uncovered history of the Iraqi Orchestra since it’s the early initiation and till the date of today.
FUAD RIDHA AL-SADIN
One of the INSO founders
MUNTHER JAMIL HAFUDH
Viola Player & Composer
ABDUL AMIR AL-SARRAF
ABDUL RAZZAQ AL-AZZAWI
Maestro Of The INSO
Clarinet Player & Composer
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The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra featured documentary that was directed by Firas Sameer has won several international awards as well as participating in several international awards.
It is an original documentary, filmed to familiarize the audience with one of the oldest Symphony Orchestras in the region. The film clearly delivers the history of the Symphony Orchestra's origin and assembly through the testimonials of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra's (INSO) founders. I was provided with deep insights of the experiences and hardships experienced by Orchestra's members. I expected to be taken through a brief journey in Iraq's history and I wasn't disappointed at all. The evolution of the Symphony Orchestra was smoothly narrated from the different founders' points of view. The most intriguing part of the documentary was when of the concerts was performed with no electricity; only by candle lights. The image of the stage lit by candlelight surrounding the players was spectacular. In my personal opinion, it is a must see film for anyone who is interested to know about an Orchestra that was formed and originated in the Land of Babylon- founders of music notes and instruments.
This is one of the things Iraq is missing right now, someone who is not only focusing on war and rage, but music. This was not only interesting to watch, but also educational, I watched this on Vimeo as I couldn't find it on any other platforms. The film also gives few highlights the main challenges and changes over the years and this is actually what I liked the most about it specially when it uncover the social changes of the Iraqi society during the past century and how those changes reflected against the Symphony Orchestra which I wasn't aware of such information before from any other documentaries. It is very educational and highly recommended to watch.
I think the film covers very important periods in Iraqi history through the story of the National Orchestra, particularly after the 2003 war. It manages to educate the viewer, and still provide him/her with the enjoyment every viewer is seeking. The film also gives the viewer access to the lives and personal experiences of those involved with the orchestra throughout its history, sharing the pain and also the humor. I saw the film with a group of friends, and we were all able (as Iraqis living in Baghdad) to relate to story told through the film, and I believe non-Iraqi viewers would get the chance to remotely experience the events that this critical part of the world has undergone. Well done.
In my personal opinion, it is a must-see film for anyone who is interested to know about one of the oldest Symphony Orchestras, the expert selection of the interviewers provided the viewer with deep insights of the experiences and hardships experienced by the Orchestra’s members. I was not familiar at all with the history of the Orchestra’s foundation and the different eras of history it passed through. I expected to be taken through a brief journey in Iraq’s history and I wasn’t disappointed at all. The most intriguing part of the documentary was when of the concerts was performed with no electricity; only by candle lights. The image of the stage lit by candlelight surrounding the players was spectacular.
The reason I watched this film in one of the festivals is because the title of the film fascinated me since I enjoy listening to classical music performed by live Orchestras. I have also discovered while the film was running that this film was not solely focusing on the Orchestra itself, rather it also educated me about the modern history of Iraq in an interlinked narration from the Orchestra’s perspective. The film is very satisfying to those who is interested in learning more about other nations, history, culture, and political conflicts. After leaving the theater, I was wondering if i could watch it again in the future.
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