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What has happened in the contemporary world since the terrorist attacks of 11th September 2001 in the United States has no easy explanation. But neither was there an easy explanation of the events which a brain weakened and sick through years of cohabitation with the unjustifiable predation of Palestine might convert into the desire for revenge. But the truth is that the angry outrages of the American giant, which were embodied for a number of years in their President and the cumulus of dark interests which guided his presidency – with the support of other leaders who were abducted by the lies of the former – have caused such stupor in the consciousness of the western citizen that he has not yet been able to shake off his surprise and demand reliable responses and necessary responsibilities throughout the process. Today, the economic crisis, which, together with the avarice of the markets, the fragility of the democracies and the candour of the left, has a direct relationship with those attacks, makes even  more clear the need for the West to respond before the international community to such perversions as Guantanamo.

In any case, there is probably no truer image or one more obliquely perfect to summarise the situation of simple decadence in the morality of the western democracies than what happened in the territory which, in a fortunate paradox, lit up the beginnings of history and culture. There is no clearer image of the incongruence of the process than to see Irak condemned to barbarism and war.  In the place where writing was born, in the homeland of Gilgamesh and Enkidu, of the poet Bassar Burd, in the place where civilisation arose, it is difficult to see, today, ruddy-faced barbarians on the backs of vehicles of war patrolling the streets. I do not think that there is any contemporary citizen who is more perplexed than the Iraqi.  Nobody who has embodied more clearly over the last ten years the pain of becoming the victim of the dangerous arbitrariness of power angered.
The four films selected for screening on Iraq in the documentary for this 6th Edition of MiradasDoc aspire to a double movement of reading in the same line of perplexity. In the first place, the three magnificent Iraqi shorts which Casa Árabe has so kindly allowed us to use have been selected with the idea that the audience at the festival should take the pulse of the real stupor that the Iraqi people have been living with since the western invasion. These are three very interesting proposals of observation, from the point of view of the intellectual, from domestic life and from the point of view of the citizen. The selection of Iraki Short Films constitutes in itself a further turn of the screw to be added to the process of stupor that we are looking for: the film by Mario Andrizzi aims to create a copy, a parody, of the Iraqi perplexity in the western citizen. This is a real journey into the heart of darkness, on both sides. An interrogation which transcends the political and the historical and which goes directly to the heart of the weaknesses and the dishonour of the human being in his secret struggle against the evil that lives within.

 

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