Sahim Omar Kalifa about BAGHDAD MESSI

“Playing football in a minefield”

Some 10 years after Sahim Omar Kalifa made a short film about a war victim with a football dream, BAGHDAD MESSI got a makeover as a feature film. Baghdad in 2009 is a hotbed of violence and terror. Director Sahim Omar Kalifa: “In Iraq, death and violence had become part of everyday life. I made a film about a child, Hamoudi, living in the most dangerous city in the world but not feeling the danger because he is possessed by his big dream of becoming a footballer.”

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