KINO LORBER ACQUIRES ALL RIGHTS TO AWARD-WINNING, TWO-PART DOCUMENTARY HOMELAND: IRAQ YEAR ZERO, BY IRAQI FILMMAKER ABBAS FAHDEL
September 2, 2016 by J!-ENT
US THEATRICAL RELEASE STARTS OCTOBER 6 AT ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES IN NEW YORK CITY; NATIONAL DATES TO FOLLOW
New York, NY – September 1, 2016 – Kino Lorber is proud to announce the acquisition of all US rights to the internationally acclaimed documentary HOMELAND: IRAQ YEAR ZERO by acclaimed Iraqi-French filmmaker, screenwriter and film critic, Abbas Fahdel.
This two-part, five-hour plus chronicle of everyday life in Iraq before and after the U.S. invasion in 2003, had its US premiere at last year’s New York Film Festival and has won dozens of international film festival awards, including the Best International Feature and the People’s Choice awards at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), the International Feature Film Grand Prix award at Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland, and the Best Documentary award at the Carthage Film Festival – among many others.
The film is now scheduled to premiere theatrically in New York City at Anthology Film Archives, starting October 6, and will play in select theatrical and non-theatrical venues during the coming months. Mr. Abbas Fahdel is scheduled to attend the film’s New York theatrical run at Anthology and will be available for interviews during that time. A VOD and physical home media release is expected for 2017.
This deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber’s CEO Richard Lorber, the company’s VP of Marketing and PR Rodrigo Brandão, and Mr. Fahdel himself. “HOMELAND: IRAQ YEAR ZERO is a towering cinematic achievement: a film that demanded both courage and an incredibly sophisticated eye,” wrote Brandão. “As Mr. Fahdel films his family and friends before and after the US invasion, he invites us to bear witness to their humanity and strength. This is a moving and transformative viewing experience that should be available to all Americans this year.”
In February 2002, about a year before the U.S. invasion, Iraqi filmmaker Abbas Fahdel traveled home from France to capture everyday life as his country prepared for war. He spent time with family and friends, including his 12-year-old nephew, Haider, as they went about their daily lives, which had come to include planning for shortages of food, water and power. No strangers to war, the Iraqis thought they understood what was coming, and could even manage to be grimly humorous about what they felt would likely be a major and lengthy inconvenience. And then, the war began.
When Fahdel resumed filming in 2003, two weeks after the invasion, daily activities had come to a near standstill, the city was overrun with foreign soldiers, and many areas of Baghdad had been closed off to ordinary citizens.
Fahdel’s epic yet intimate film paints a compelling portrait of people struggling to survive while their civilization, dating back to ancient times, is destroyed around them.
HOMELAND: IRAQ YEAR ZERO
Written and directed by Abbas Fahdel
Part 1: 160 minutes
Part II: 174 minutes
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