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On the Banks of the Tigris: The Hidden Story of Iraqi Music (ATOM study guide)

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    I remember beautiful days, beautiful hours, very beautiful places. The Tigris, the boats, the fish. I can't forget that I was born in Baghdad and I am an Iraqi. – Elias Shasha.

    When Majid Shokor escaped from Iraq, he discovered that the songs he loved as a child in Baghdad have a hidden history. Saddam Hussein's regime purged Iraqi music of its origins, but Majid learns the truth as he travels the world to meet exiled Iraqi musicians – Jewish, Muslim and Christian – who still sing and play these songs. They are reunited in a joyful concert at London's Barbican Centre, where music and culture are bridges that transcend religion and politics.

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    This documentary is an excellent film text for middle, senior secondary and tertiary students studying:

    • History of the Middle East
    • Conflict and Globalisation
    • Migration Studies
    • Humanities
    • Geography
    • Political Studies
    • Music

    It can also be used by English Language and Literature teachers investigating concepts of identity and belonging.

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