Baghdad Film Festival on as planned

Dates shifted forward by two weeks

The dates have been shifted by two weeks, but the Baghdad Film Festival is definitely going ahead, say the organizers, denying rumors the fest had been cancelled.

The first major cinematic event in war-ravaged Baghdad in more than two years, the festival will unspool Dec. 26-29 instead of mid-December as originally planned, said Ammar al-Arradi of the Assn. of Iraqi Filmmakers Without Borders, which is organizing the event.

“Around 55 films have been submitted from countries including Egypt, France, Denmark, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Singapore, the Philippines, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar,” Arradi said, adding that some pics had screened in other fests and a few had won awards.

He said films will be screened at a hotel from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a one hour break, adding, “It’s all that the security situation will allow at the moment.”

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