MOHAMMED ALDARRAJI ADDS NEW INTERNATIONAL AWARDS TO HIS COLLECTION
BY MOHANNAD ALZUBAIDI
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Baghdad, for 4 years, Iraqi ministry of culture was running under the supervision of a military officer. Sa’adon AlDulaimi, the culture minister and acting defense minister, didn’t meet any of the Iraqi intellectuals during the 4 years of his ministerial period as he was busy with defense ministry, leaving everything to a politicized group with no real cultural background. On top of them was the Manager of Cinema and Theater Directory, Nawfal Abu Rugaif.
4 years of corruption and no real culture in country that was thirsty for cultural activities. Lacking of experience and corruption were not the only symptoms that marked Abu Rugaif and AlDulaimi era, but most devastating is fighting intellectuals in this country.
Abu Rugaif who marked his era with suing artists received new slam this month. One of his intellectual victims won another international award this month.
Mohammad AlDarraji, most famous Iraqi film maker after 2003 and the maker of the only long films after 2003, “Son of Babylon” and “Under the Sands of Babylon”, and the founder of Iraqi Center for Independent Film. His center won another international award today.
Salam Salman, the director of the short film “Gift of My Father”, won the Crystal Bear award for short film in Berlin International Film Festival 2015.
“I would like to hint here to the corrupted policy that fought “Under the Sands of Babylon” film and wasted the state money”, Independent Film Center said in a statement released after the winning referring to Abu Rugaif’s policy.
In 2014 AlDarraji criticized the policy of the culture ministry in terms of cinema and theater that pushed Abu Rugaif to sue him in the court. Abu Rugaif won the case first and court fined AlDarraji for 20 million ID (about $16,000) but AlDarraji appealed and won the case.
“The center has proved that it is able to reach prominent festivals in order to deliver the Iraqi voice with independent cinema marked with international specification”, the center said in the statement.