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Reuters: Iraqi film makers risk all to tell their stories

By Indiewire | Indiewire July 8, 2006 at 2:25AM

Hollywood directors risk big budgets and reputations when they work. Iraqi film makers risk their lives. When Ammar Saad was shooting his documentary "Damned Gum," about the dangers of being a journalist in Baghdad since the U.S. invasion in 2003, a bomb went off meters from where he stood and blood was spattered over his camera lens. It is the kind of experience that would put many off. But along with dozens of others in Iraq, the 28-year-old photographer is determined to tell his story on celluloid. His next project is a feature-length film about a man who ventures out of his Baghdad apartment for the first time in three years, finally overcoming the fear he has of being killed. Reuters reports.
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Hollywood directors risk big budgets and reputations when they work. Iraqi film makers risk their lives. When Ammar Saad was shooting his documentary "Damned Gum," about the dangers of being a journalist in Baghdad since the U.S. invasion in 2003, a bomb went off meters from where he stood and blood was spattered over his camera lens. It is the kind of experience that would put many off. But along with dozens of others in Iraq, the 28-year-old photographer is determined to tell his story on celluloid. His next project is a feature-length film about a man who ventures out of his Baghdad apartment for the first time in three years, finally overcoming the fear he has of being killed. Reuters reports.





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