The Minders

1998 / United Kingdom / 50min

This extraordinary film was made by Sean McAllister during the last Iraqi crisis (the one defused by the UN's Kofi Annan in person *February 1998).
With air strikes averted, McAllister decided to carry on filming, making a double portrait of his two Ministry of Information minders, Kifah and Alla.
The likeable and decent Kifah, a former English teacher enjoying a rare spell of paid work, is a football mad Anglophile: 'I can't forget Bobby Moore,' he sighs. Alla, Head of Protocol, is a suave ladies' man and pop fan (very taken with Chumbawumba).
McAllister carries on filming Kifah after he is dropped as a minder and in doing so creates an illuminating and touching picture of the man and of everyday life in Iraq.

(© Nigel Andrew, The Daily Mail)

Details

  • Original title
    The Minders
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Sean McAllister
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Sean McAllister
  • Editing
    Ollie Huddleston
  • Music
  • Sound
    Sean McAllister
  • Duration
    50 min
  • Year
    1998
  • Country
    • United Kingdom
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
    ENG
  • Subtitles
    NONE
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
  • Awards

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