Two Rivers presents the Rumman Festival: Exploring the Iraqi Diaspora
Sep
2
to Sep 3

Two Rivers presents the Rumman Festival: Exploring the Iraqi Diaspora

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This September Two Rivers present the Rumman Festival – the first installment of what will hopefully become an annual event. The Rumman Festival aims to present a new narrative on Iraqi culture.

Over the course of two days, we’ll be hosting films, live music, workshops and talks which will explore how Iraqis living in the diaspora are contributing to the regeneration of their homeland and how many still have hopes of being able to return one day. The festival will also shine a light on creatives inside Iraq who are working to shape a post conflict identity. This year’s festival coincides with Eid celebrations so Two Rivers will also be hosting a delicious, traditional Iraqi Eid brunch at The Project Café.

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Letters from Baghdad
Sep
2
12:30pm12:30pm

Letters from Baghdad

Letters from Baghdad is the story of Gertrude Bell who was sometimes called the female Lawrence of Arabia. 

Voiced and executive produced by Academy award winning actor Tilda Swinton, the documentary tells the dramatic story of this British spy, explorer and political figure. 

TICKETS: https://ccaglasgow.ticketsolve.com/shows/873579998


Bell traveled widely in Arabia before being recruited by British military intelligence to help draw the borders of Iraq after WWI. Using never-seen-before footage of the region, the film chronicles Bell’s journey into both the uncharted Arabian desert and the inner sanctum of British male colonial power. With unique access to documents from the Iraq National Library and Archive and Gertrude Bell’s own 1600 letters, the story is told entirely in the words of the players of the day, excerpted verbatim from intimate letters, private diaries and secret communiqués. It is a unique look at both a remarkable woman and the tangled history of Iraq. The film takes us into a past that is eerily current.

Trailer & more info:

http://lettersfrombaghdadthemovie.com/media/

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On the Banks of the Tigris
Sep
2
3:00pm 3:00pm

On the Banks of the Tigris

On the Banks of the Tigris: the hidden story of Iraqi music (2015) Producer/Director: Marsha Emerman

TICKETS: https://ccaglasgow.ticketsolve.com/shows/873579997

When Majid Shokor escaped from Iraq he discovered that the songs he loved as a child in Baghdad have a hidden history. To find out more, Majid makes a bold journey from Australia to Israel, Europe and Iraq to meet Iraqi musicians, hear their music and stories, and unite them in a concert for peace and reconciliation.

Trailer & info:

https://youtu.be/4Ok7Aodd33c
http://www.fruitfulfilms.com.au/films/tigris

* BEST DOCUMENTARY, Baghdad International Film Festival
* AUDIENCE CHOICE, Arab Film Festival, San Francisco/Los Angeles
* FINALIST, BEST DOCUMENTARY, Social & Political Issues, ATOM Awards, Australia
* BEST DIRECTOR, DOCUMENTARY, Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival

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Iraq: War, Love, God and Madness
Sep
2
7:30pm 7:30pm

Iraq: War, Love, God and Madness

Director: Mohamed Al-Daradji
Producer: Isabelle Stead
(www.humanfilm.com) 

TICKETS: https://ccaglasgow.ticketsolve.com/shows/873580000

Iraq: War, Love, God and Madness is an important document to understanding conflict in perspective, sadly as timely today as it was when made almost a decade ago.

Named Variety’s Middle Eastern Filmmaker of the Year in 2011, Mohamed Al-Daradji is one of the most prominent directors working in Iraq today; his multi award-winning films Son of Babylon and In My Mother’s Arms have screened at festivals including Sundance, Berlin and Toronto.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/111732583

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The National Iraqi Youth Orchestra: a talk by Paul MacAlindin
Sep
3
3:00pm 3:00pm

The National Iraqi Youth Orchestra: a talk by Paul MacAlindin

The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq's story was one of the most successfully managed of any youth orchestra, told through Facebook, YouTube and Soundcloud. How that positive narrative was built between 2009 and 2013 is here told by its Music Director, Paul MacAlindin. 

TICKETShttps://ccaglasgow.ticketsolve.com/shows/873579997


The NYOI came through the most difficult and dangerous of times to produce fine music not only in Iraq but also in Britain, Germany and France. A beacon of hope and achievement the young musicians and their tutors made bridges across their own ethnic divisions, made great music in the most trying and tragic of circumstances, and became their country's best ambassadors in 5000 years.


"Paul MacAlindin discovered from an early age that he loved being an artist leading artists. As a musician, dancer and all-round performer, he found his voice through conducting, a passionate journey that has led him to work with orchestras and ensembles all over the world, from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to the Armenian Philharmonic to the Düsseldorf Symphoniker."

You can purchase copies of his book 'Upbeat' which chronicles his journey with NYOI here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Upbeat-Story-National-Youth-Orchestra/dp/1910985090/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501098962&sr=8-1&keywords=UPBEAT+national+youth+orchestra+of+Iraq

Link to his TEDtalk here:

https://youtu.be/3mTbO2kC6mA

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Two Rivers x Iraqi Youth Foundation
Apr
22
2:00pm 2:00pm

Two Rivers x Iraqi Youth Foundation

Can We Harmonise To Build A More Effective Diaspora?

We'll be attending the Iraqi Societies Forum to present our aims for the Two Rivers initiative and discuss our views on how we can come together to build a more effective diaspora here in the UK.  

We're looking forward to taking part and contributing to what will sure be an interesting debate.  We'd love to see you there so follow the link to the IYF Facebook event page and confirm your place

https://www.facebook.com/events/1364265490263312/?ti=cl

 

 

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