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Usama Alshaibi interview in Vice blog

NEW YORK – WE JUST WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT A PRETTY LITTLE VIDEO AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED

Usama Alshaibi’s known for stirring up serious political shit with a pervo swizzle stick; his last completed feature, Nice Bombs, in which he revisits his motherland Iraq and ends up just like the rest of the U.S.—having no conclusion, no idea really what to make of the enormous mess—pissed off a lot of people. When we stumbled on this strange, magical video that feels like some kind of haunted video feedback loop, which he made with his wife Kristie (click below to watch it), we thought we’d found something that was just pretty great to look at, a miniature respite from his workaday leanings. But when we asked him to talk about it, that was a jack-in-the-box of worms that led to a discussion about his recent film, Profane. Seems he just can’t get away from the deep, dark stuff. [read the rest]


Nice Bombs showing on the Sundance Channel November 23 & 24 2008

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Chicago-based filmmaker Usama Alshaibi returns to Iraq, the country of his birth, after an absence of nearly 24 years. Accompanied by his American wife, Alshaibi reunites with his cousin and childhood friend Tareef, who acts as tour guide and driver, as well as many members of his extended family in Baghdad. What he discovers is a city permeated with the smell of gasoline, and everyday Iraqis who offer reflections ranging from exultation at Saddam’s downfall to despair for the future of their country. “Surprisingly warm” — Chicago Tribune.

Sunday November 23 at 5PM

Monday November 24 at 1:30PM

Sundance Channel