We're so used to hearing Iraq mentioned on the news and yet, I don't know about you but through the headlines, the violence, the dictators and the wars, I've actually learned very little about this historically rich country, and more importantly its resilient people -- the Iraqis. The medias always give us half the story anyway, and perhaps they too, while reporting on the state of affairs, are missing the bigger picture. I thought I was destined to be confused, especially now that ISIS has taken over that part of the world and the future for a modern, peaceful, prosperous Babylon looks bleaker than ever.
But then I watched Samir's Iraqi Odyssey -- or as I like to call it "Iraq Decoded" -- at the recent Abu Dhabi Film Festival. Iraqi Odyssey was funded in part by SANAD, the funding arm of ADFF and a wonderful support for films in and about the region.