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Nesma´s Birds (2013) -

Iraq, U.K., Netherlands, Hungary | 2013 | 8 min.

Awkward 11-year-old Nesma is at odds with the world around her since she began caring for her father’s pigeons after this death. Being forced to get rid of the birds by her mother today will see Nesma face an even bigger challenge as she enters womanhood.

CountryIraq, U.K., Netherlands, Hungary
Duration8 min
SubtitleSimultanneous translation into
Directed by Medoo Ali
Screenplay Najwan Ali and Yasser Karem
Director of Photography Aeman Haedar
Edited by Zainab Al-Hariri, Medoo Ali
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Najwan Ali (1989) is a screenwriter and director. She graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts Baghdad in audiovisual studies, in which she is continuing her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts. She is the author of several short films. Medoo Ali (1991) is a director. He graduated from the Fine Arts Center in Baghdad. He has collaborated on the making of several feature and documentary films. He shot his first short film as part of a workshop of the Iraqi Independent Film Center.This film is a part of the set Iraqi Childhood.