51 minutes 42 seconds • DSLR/16mm/8mm • 2016
In Iraqi Kurdistan, two friends- Emma, a filmmaker from the US, and Diana, a local aspiring actress- make a movie. When they begin Diana is living on her own in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan’s buzzing capital city. She is studying to be a flight attendant and enjoying the freedom of being independent and young in a growing city. When war returns to Iraq with the invasion of ISIS, Diana moves back to her mother’s home in Sulaymaniyah. Now her days pass quietly, mostly indoors. In the darkness of frequent power outages, Diana builds a dream city in her mind.
Dream City was shot with a DSLR camera, a 16mm Krasnogorsk-3 film camera, and a Canon Super8 camera. The principle photography took place on two trips to the region; one in March 2014 and one year later in March 2015, with additional footage mined from previous visits in 2011 and 2012.
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