The Wolf of Baghdad is an audio-visual journey through a Jewish family’s memories of their lost Iraqi homeland. Projections of the graphic memoir will be accompanied by a live band playing the music of Iraq and its Jews, an ancient community that lived there for more than two millennia. Led by musician/artist Carol Isaacs AKA The Surreal McCoy & accompanied by the band 3yin.
Following the screening with its accompanying performance from Judeo-Arabic band 3yin there will be a panel discussion from leading academic experts on the subjects of Iraq, its music and its Jewish communities legacy.
Dr Merav Rosenfeld-Haddad
Chairing the panel will be Cambridge University Ethnomusicologist Dr Merav Rosenfeld-Haddad, (PhD, The University of Cambridge) who specialises in all types of Arabic and Middle Eastern music – prevalent among Jewish, Muslim and Christian societies across and outside the Middle East. She is a Research Fellow and Co-Principal Investigator at the Woolf Institute and a Research Associate at St Edmund’s College, The University of Cambridge. Web link
Amal is an Iraqi poet, activist and human rights lawyer. She is the founder and CEO of the Arab Human Rights Academy, an NGO based in London andSoutuna.com, an online TV station based in Iraq. She has additionally published a number of poetic works and films and is a celebrated cultural figure who has forged important links between the East and the West, most notably with the Nobel Prize-winning author and poet Guenter Grass. Amal is also a researcher at SOAS. Web link
Edwin Shuker is an Iraqi-Jewish business person and philanthropist. Born in Baghdad to a dwindling community that has been living continuously in that region since 586 bc .Edwin works to preserve Jewish shrines and sites to keep the link between Iraq and its displaced Jewish community. An international activist and public speaker on the Middle East and in particular the subject of Jews from Arab countries, particularly his native Iraq. Edwin has engaged in and supported many projects promoting human rights and freedom in the Middle East. Web link
The Wolf of Baghdad Author Carol Isaacs and 3yin band Leader Daniel Jonas will also be on the panel to discuss the creative process.