Iraqi Odyssey | الأوديسا العراقية

Directed by Samir

2014, DCP, 163 min, Iraq/Switzerland/Germany/UAE, in Arabic, English, German and Russian with English subtitles


كحال فيلمه ذائع الصيت “إنس بغداد”، قضى سمير أكثر من خمس سنوات في لملمة ذاكرة عائلته الموزعة في أرجاء المعمورة والتي تشكّل أساس فيلمه الجديد “الأوديسا العراقية”. سافر المخرج مئات الساعات كي يلتقي بعمته وأعمامه وأبناء عمومته بين موسكو ونيويورك، ونيوزيلاندا وموسكو وبغداد وباريس، وليُبحر في أوديسته.

Tracing the emigrations of his family over more than half a century, this riveting documentary epic from acclaimed expatriate Iraqi filmmaker Samir pays moving homage to the frustrated democratic dreams of a people successively plagued by the horrors of dictatorship, war, and foreign occupation.


Festivals and Awards


Switzerland’s Official Entry for the Academy Awards 2016
Panorama Section – Berlinale 2015
Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival 2014
Best Asian Film – Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2014

Director's biography


Born in 1955 in Iraq, Samir migrated with his family to Switzerland in the 1960s. He first works as a freelance author and director in 1982. Today, Samir is well known for his unique fiction, documentary and experimental films, whose innovative character has drawn attention at various festivals and won numerous awards. Beside his own projects as an independent producer and director, he regularly directs theatre plays and works in visual arts.