Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) by Abbas Fahdel has won the Doc Alliance Selection Award. The winning film is composed of two parts – the first was shot before the US army’s invasion of Iraq while the second part captures the post-war events – providing an essential report on the turning point in the country’s development. Instead of shorthand news features on the events in Iraq, it brings an impressive portrayal of life in the country. Director Fahdel received the award at the Locarno film festival.
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Shot over nine Saturdays, the film was made cheaply with a 16mm Bolex, and single-track sound transferred from tape recordings. By the time it was completed in November 1955, its title has been changed from 'Jazz' to Momma Don't Allow, after the traditional jazz piece played in the film by the Chris Barber band.
Momma Don't Allow was warmer and more sympathetic to its working-class subject than Lindsay Anderson's O Dreamland. The film captures the emerging 'youth culture' - a term unheard of before the 1950s - contrasting the relaxed, confident working-class 'teddy boys' and their girlfriends with the more awkward 'toffs', whose arrival threatens to change the mood of the evening.
|Director||Karel Reisz, Tony Richardson|
|Screenplay||Karel Reisz, Tony Richardson|
|Dir. of Photography||Walter Lassally|
|Music||Chris Barber Band|
|Colour||Black & White|
|Tags||classics, music, poetic, social issues, youth|
Country: United Kingdom