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Section: In the Shadow of War

War Canister (2013) -

Iraq, U.K., Netherlands, Hungary | 2013 | 11 min.

A young deaf boy from Baghdad can only dream of a childhood. He is forced to steal oil canisters in order to support his financially troubled family, but an eventful bus ride home will see him for forget his responsibilities for some frivolous fun and a desperate search ensues to find the oil he’s lost.

CountryIraq, U.K., Netherlands, Hungary
Duration11 min
SubtitleSimultanneous translation into
Directed by Yahya Al Allaq
Screenplay Yahya Al Allaq
Director of Photography Nashwan Ali
Contact Human Film


Yahya Al-Allaq (1979) is a screenwriter and director. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad in film studies, then from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. He's also attended courses in documentary film at independent film and TV schools. He's assisted in the directing of feature films and has independently shot short films that have been awarded at festivals. This film is a part of the set Iraqi Childhood.