The Liberace of Baghdad

The Liberace of Baghdad

2004 / Denmark, United Kingdom / 71min

Samir Peter, once Iraq’s most famous pianist now plays in a half-empty hotel bar to contractors, mercenaries and besieged journalists. In his heyday he described himself as the ‘Liberace of Baghdad’ but today he sleeps in a bricked up hotel room, too afraid to cross town to his 7 bedroom mansion. His string of western girlfriends has led to his wife and two of his kids leaving for the States.

A remarkable film that reveals everyday life post-Saddam. (The Times)



  • Original title
    The Liberace of Baghdad
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Sean McAllister
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Sean McAllister
  • Editing
    Ollie Huddleston
  • Music
    Samir Peter
  • Sound
    Sean McAllister
  • Duration
    71 min
  • Year
  • Country
    • Denmark
    • United Kingdom
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
  • Subtitles
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
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