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The Boys from Baghdad High - This World

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Compelling documentary chronicling the friendship of four Iraqi classmates in Baghdad of Kurdish, Christian, Shia and mixed Sunni-Shia backgrounds.

In a city torn apart by sectarian violence, the boys film their own experiences during one academic year, capturing how the dangers that exist all around them affect their studies, normal teenage distractions - such as texting girlfriends, playing computer games and reciting rap songs - and the crucial decisions on whether to stay in the city or leave, which will ultimately impact on all their futures.

Documentary: The Boys from Baghdad High - This World 9.00pm BBC2
We could do with more films like this, exploring the everyday lives of Iraqis. The trouble is, one side-effect of war is boredom - blackouts, curfews, nothing to do, not safe to socialise. That at least, seems to be the experience of the four Baghdad teenagers who filmed themselves during their last year at school for this revealing documentary.
The ordinariness of their relatively peaceful lives helps emphasise the fact that they are hedged around with danger. Gunfire can often be heard. Chinook helicopters fly overhead. But the four friends are more intent on homework, exams, music, football, girlfriends - regular teen stuff. Only occasionally do they show their despair at the crumbling society around them. (David Butcher)

Contributors

Producer: Ivan O'Mahoney
Producer: Laura Winter
Executive Producer: Karen O'Connor






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