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NY Times: Defying Terror, Filmgoers Attend a Festival in Baghdad

By Indiewire | Indiewire September 29, 2005 at 8:10AM

In what was perhaps as much an act of defiance as a leisurely way of spending an afternoon, more than 300 Iraqis walked into a theater this past Saturday, and without metal detectors or security guards, sat down and watched a movie. It was the start of Baghdad's first film festival since the American-led invasion in 2003 that toppled Saddam Hussein, a six-day event that by Wednesday evening had produced hundreds of happy Iraqis and not a single casualty. Sabrina Tavernise reports (free subscription required to view full NY Times article).
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In what was perhaps as much an act of defiance as a leisurely way of spending an afternoon, more than 300 Iraqis walked into a theater this past Saturday, and without metal detectors or security guards, sat down and watched a movie. It was the start of Baghdad's first film festival since the American-led invasion in 2003 that toppled Saddam Hussein, a six-day event that by Wednesday evening had produced hundreds of happy Iraqis and not a single casualty. Sabrina Tavernise reports (free subscription required to view full NY Times article).





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