Production year: 2012

Director: Parine Jaddo

Script: Parine Jaddo


Editor: Nadim Shartouny

Music Composer: Omar El Dewachy

Producer: Parine Jaddo, Rania Malas

Running Time: 75min

Country: Iraq

Language: Turkem, Arabic

Main Cast: Parine Jaddo, Najiba Sabir, Moustapha Sabir, Soubhi Sabir, Hassan Jaddo


 A poetic journey through Iraq in search of an Iraqi/Turkman song, which the filmmaker’s mother recorded in 1960. Though the filmmaker knows the melody, she no longer remembers the lyrics and her curiosity takes her to Iraq in search of it, giving rare insight to Iraq’s rich musical culture and heritage, much of which has been burnt and lost. On the journey we meet those who remain dedicated and continue to grow out of a devastated soil of a war ridden and divided Iraq.


Director’s Biography

Born in Baghdad. Earned a MFA in film from Howard University. Recipient of the Paul Robeson Award and the Princess Grace Award for film. Has taught film at LAU in Beirut, Lebanon, and NYU in Accra, Ghana. Director of several short films. This is her first feature-length documentary.



2007 Rasta’s Paradise

2003 Astray

2000 Surviving

1995 Thirst