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The Film

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Extras & Behind The Scenes

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FILM INFO

The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra’s journey wasn’t perfect like the other Symphony Orchestras, or at least it wasn’t a normal journey, as it always been facing difficulties because of the unstable political and social conditions during many decades ago.

So, what were the obstacles encountered by the INSO? was it able to survive and evolve? what was the position of the successive Governments of them? and what was the fate of its members?

The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra documentary film presents a study of the Iraqi musical culture that was changing over the past years since the INSO formed early in the forties of the last century and to this day.

For many years back, Iraq was never been stable, as every couple of years, there were political issues, wars, military coups, and other internal and regional problems.

Those unstable conditions in addition to some internal social changes affected the musical culture in Iraq during the last seven decades.

The film discusses and shows how those obstacles reflected against the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra and its members from a perspective of the classical music genre.

EXTRAS

The film includes many interviews with prominent members in the INSO that tells their story of the Orchestra supported with many rare concert footage and old pictures.

Many rare concerts have been converted from old VHS video tapes into a digital format by the director of the film.

HARD TIMES

During the interviews shooting period, there were a lot of national electricity shutdowns, as this is the situation in Iraq.

There were a lot of noises and distortion because of the house power generators and big area generators that provide the power when the national electricity is down, getting those noises from the interviews was like hell.

A lot of shooting delays occurred because of the electricity shutdowns even when the power generation was there because sometimes the lighting becomes fluctuate and shooting an interview was impossible.

Another obstacle raised up during the interviews preparations which are the transportation, facing lots of traffic jams caused by military checkpoints even on the highways.

And the security situation takes a big part in the hard times, any time, anywhere we expect an explosion or machine gunfights.

Putting in mind that most of the INSO members I interviewed were living so far away.

ABOUT THE INSO

The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, is considered as the oldest Orchestra in the Arab world, where it’s beginning was in the forties of the last century, and based on its crew of musicians, conductors and solo players on various musical instruments, it continued the concerts journey, performing musical pieces for various musical eras, as well as pieces of Iraqi composers.

Many professional foreign conductors have conducted the INSO since it’s inception, from Austria, Poland, East Germany, Hungary, and the Soviet Union, as well as a number of Iraqi conductors such as Abdul Razzaq al-Azzawi, Mohamed Othman Siddeeq, Mohammad Amin Ezzat, and Karim Wasfi.

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CAST & CREDITS

SCENARIO AND SCRIPTS
Firas Sameer

VOICEOVER COMMENTARY

Omer Al-Sarrai

SOUNDTRACK AND BACKGROUND MUSIC

Laith Sameer

POST EDITING & SPECIAL EFFECTS

Firas Sameer

VOICE OVER RECORDING

Laith Sameer

DOP & LIGHTING

Firas Sameer

EXTRAS BY FIRAS SAMEER

> The images and photos corrections.

> DVD and posters design.

> Converting the very old VHS tapes into digital, hence making it most clear as possible.

> Editing and coding the film website.

PRODUCTION

Babylon Gate Films LLC

DIRECTED BY

Firas Sameer

SPECIAL THANKS

> Laith Sameer for his continuous support during the shooting times, also for creating the film soundtracks and using his studio to record the voice of the commentary.

> Flemming Weiss Andersen for providing some footage of after 2003.

> Camille Kitt & Kennerly Kitt Harpists for providing a couple of harp playing video shots by them.

REFERENCES

> The Music in Old Iraq – written by Dr. Subhi Anwar Rashid.

> Study of The Nature of The Iraqi Society – written by Dr. Ali Al-Wardi.

> Online Wikipedia