During opening remarks, organizers of the 5th Baghdad International Film Festival publicly praised the U.S. Embassy for its role in funding the opening and closing ceremonies, festival publications, a photography exhibit, and a two-day photography and cinematography workshop at a local orphanage.
Although U.S. officials were unable to attend, the Deputy Minister of Culture joined 900 other attendees on October 6th at Baghdad’s Palestine Hotel for the festival’s opening event that included the screening of three American films with accolades from the Seattle International Film Festival.
Through this $35,000 grant to festival organizers, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad continues its support of a re-emerging film industry in Iraq by enabling a forum for regional and international filmmakers with a focus on freedom, democracy, and human rights.
(Source: Embassy of the United States)
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