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Fundraiser screening - On The Banks of the River Tigris
Sun, April 23, 2017, 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM AEST
Please join us for a fundraiser screening of the award-winning documentary directed by Marsha Emerman - "On the Banks of the River Tigris: The Hidden Story of Iraqi Music".
We're privileged to be joined by producer/director Marsha Emerman, and co-writer, translator and star of the film, Majid Shokor, for a Q&A session following the film.
Tickets are $20 each (plus a $1.89 booking fee). All proceeds from ticket sales go towards the Aslyum Seeker Resource Centre, a non-profit community organisation in Melbourne that supports asylum seekers and refugees.
Tickets are strictly limited to 40 in total so please make sure to book!
Doors open at 6.30pm. Some nibbles provided and drinks can be purchased from the bar. The film will starts at 7.30pm.
You can find out more about the film and watch a trailer here: http://www.fruitfulfilms.com.au/films/tigris
“On the Banks of the Tigris” follows Majid Shokor’s journey to uncover the hidden story of Iraqi music.
As a young boy, Majid loved singing and listening to music in the cafes and markets of Baghdad. Music and acting were his passions, but Saddam’s brutal regime shattered his dreams and forced him to flee.
Australia is a safe haven, but the music of childhood lingers in Majid’s mind. He begins to search and makes a startling discovery – that many of the best-known Iraqi songs were written by Iraqi Jews.
What happened to these Iraqi Jewish musicians? How was this history so well hidden?
Majid embarks on a bold journey to find out more. His quest takes him from Australia to Israel, Europe and Iraq to meet great Iraqi musicians and hear their stories. Young and old, Muslim, Jewish and Christian, they all play the same songs and share a sense of loss
and longing for their homeland.
A music critic and composer living in exile, whose defiance of censorship nearly cost him his life, helps to unravel the hidden history. Majid’s dream of a unifying concert bears fruit when Iraqi musicians of all faiths perform together in a joyful celebration at London’s Barbican Centre.