Inspired by Stories of Women under the Rule of ISIS
The Short Film Abraham Screens at 7 Film Festivals in October
In a month of extensive festival activities, Ali Kareem Obaid's short film Abraham will take part in 7 film festivals during October, including: Cyprus International Film Festival, Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden, the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco (USA), Khartoum International Film Festival in Sudan, Slemani International Film Festival in Iraq, Arab Film Festival Rotterdam in Netherlands, and the Best Mini Film Festival.
Commenting on his film, Kareem says, "Abraham is inspired by the stories of women during the ISIS occupation of Mosul. Many of those women preferred to commit suicide rather than be kidnapped by ISIS." Set against the backdrop of ISIS' imposition of the "jizya" or tax on non-Muslims in its territories, a Christian family devises a plan to protect its only daughter. However, their "perfect" solution might end up having more tragic consequences than intended.
The film's world premiere was held at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2016. Previously, it competed at the Odense International Film Festival and the Seoul International Extreme-Short Image and Film Festival (SESIFF). Written and directed by Ali Kareem Obaid, Abraham stars Sara El Debu√ßh, Mohamed Zouaoui, Basil Al Ali, Ali Kareem, Faisal Dasser, Wolf Layban. The film is a joint production between Iraq, Italy, and the UAE. It is produced by Baburka Production, and MAD Solutions handles its distribution in the Arab world.
Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Ali Kareem Obaid is an Iraqi filmmaker who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad, and obtained a master's degree in Choreography and Performance from Giessen University in Germany. His debut short Hassan in Wonderland screened at over 45 international festivals and won 7 awards, most recent of which was the Van Gogh Award for Best Family Film at the Amsterdam International Film Festival in 2015. In the same year, he directed his short film CrISIS, and Abraham is now his latest short film.