Abbas Fahdel

Abbas Fahdel


I am only able to make films about people and themes I like; about my family, my friends and my homeland. Although I’ve lived in France since the age of 18, every time I go to Iraq I am in my element, like an Iraqi among Iraqis. On the other hand, when shooting, I have to keep a certain distance from the things I’m shooting as a filmmaker while retaining a certain sympathy for the protagonists.    


Abbas Fahdel was born in Babylon, Iraq, in 1959, and studied filmmaking in France. He returned to his home country in 2002 to make his first documentary, BACK TO BABYLON, followed by WE IRAQIS in 2004. He directed his first fiction film, DAWN OF THE WORLD, in 2008, before returning to the documentary form with HOMELAND (IRAQ YEAR ZERO, 2015), which won the Grand Prix in Nyon and the Doc Alliance Selection Award in Locarno. YARA (2018) is his second fiction feature film.

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