Scene from the film The Liberace of Baghdad
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The Liberace of Baghdad

  • United Kingdom
  • Denmark
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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
  • DOP
    Sean McAllister
  • Editing
    Ollie Huddleston
  • Music
    Samir Peter
  • Sound
    Sean McAllister
  • Duration
    71 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United Kingdom
    • Denmark
  • Colour
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