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The Liberace of Baghdad

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Synopsis

Holed up in a heavily fortified Baghdad hotel, the pianist Samir Peter and film-maker Sean McAllister try to survive the 'peace' of post-war Iraq.
 
Samir, once Iraq's most famous pianist, now plays in a half-empty hotel bar to contractors, mercenaries and besieged journalists. In his heyday he described himself as the 'Liberace of Baghdad' but today he sleeps in a bricked up hotel room, too afraid to cross town to his seven-bedroomed mansion. His string of western girlfriends has led to his wife and two of his kids leaving for the States. But now Samir has a visa to live in America too, to find fame and fortune there in what he calls his 'one last adventure in life'. But Sahar, his pro-Saddam daughter, hates America for what it has done to her country. She refuses to go and Samir is set to leave alone. Over 8 months of filming the violence escalates out of control, kidnapping is rife and Samir’s neighbour is murdered on her doorstep. Will Samir now sacrifice his American dream for the sake of his family left in lawless Iraq?

Details

Year
2005
Type of film
Features
Running Time
74 mins
Format
DigiBeta
Director
Sean McAllister
Producer
Mette Heida, Mette Hoffman Meyer, Nick Fraser
Co-Producer
Mette Heida, Mette Hoffman Meyer, Nick Fraser
Editor
Ollie Huddleston
Director of Photography
Sean McAllister
Sound
Sean McAllister
Music
Samir Peter
Principal Cast
Samir Peter

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Production Company

Tenfoot Films and Team Production

sean@seanmcallister.com
http://www.seanmcallister.com

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Company

Mette Hoffman Meyer
TV2 Denmark