Baghdad Messi

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Arab Film Festival

Baghdad Messi

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 29 June 2013

2012 I Iraq I 19 minutes
Director: Sahim Omar Kalifa


Iraq, 2009: 10-year-old Hamoudi is totally obsessed with football. He’s lost one leg, but that doesn’t stop him playing football, until he’s sacked from the team for letting one too many balls through.

But just like the rest of the world, he and his friends are eagerly looking forward to the Champions League final FC-Barcelona vs Manchester United and the long-awaited clash between Messi and Ronaldo. But then Hamoudi’s television breaks down!


Sahim Omar Kalifa is born in 1980 in Kurdistan-Iraq. He went to Belgium in 2001, where he worked as interpreter while he studied Audiovisual Arts at the University of Art and Design Sint-Lukas Brussels. In 2008 his Masters-degree film Nan won a wildcard for Best Student Film from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund. His first professional short Land of the Heroes won the Jury Award for Best Short Film Generation at the 61st International Film Festival in Berlin.

Dubai International Film Festival
Gulf Film Festival

Dates & Times:
5:00pm, Saturday 29 June 2013

Screens with:

Adult $20, Conc. $15*


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Concession $15
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Marathon Package (Conc.) $60

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