Iraq+10 Film Series


The Institute of Iraqi Studies also sponsored the Iraq+10 Film Series in 2012 and 2013.  The series recognized the decennial anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq. The film series included screenings of notable films dealing with with Iraq, including several films by Iraqi directors.  The events included authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, and discussions with Boston University faculty experts.

Son of Babylon

6:30 pm on Wednesday, April 3, 2013
CAS B36, 725 Commonwealth Ave.

In Son of Babylon a willful young boy follows his just as obstinate grandmother in a journey across Iraq, determined to discover the fate of her missing son, Ahmed’s father, who never returned from war. Please RSVP Mikaela at for refreshments.

The List

6:00 pm on Thursday, March 28, 2013
IR Eilts Room, 154 Bay State Road, Room 203

The List tells the story of Kirk Johnson, a modern-day Oskar Schindler who is fighting to save Iraqis whose lives are in danger because they worked for the U.S. government and military to help rebuild Iraq. Directed by BU alumna, Beth Murphy.

** Join us at 6 pm for a Q&A with Kirk Johnson himself!** Please RSVP Mikaela at for refreshments.

The Dreams of Sparrows

6:30 pm on Wednesday, February 27, 2013
CAS B12, 725 Commonwealth Ave.

The Dreams of Sparrows is a documentary film shot in post-war Iraq which presents conflicting points of view among Iraqis regarding the war, Saddam Hussein and the occupation. Please RSVP Mikaela at for refreshments.

Turtles Can Fly

6:30-9:00 pm on Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Location: CAS B36

Take a break from your textbooks and come attend this semester’s last installment of the Iraq+10 film series, Turtles Can Fly. On the eve of the second Gulf War, a Kurdish village in Iraq waits for the American invasion with a mixture of trepidation and hope, and a hunger for information. The film follows the daily struggles of the local children, many of them orphans and refugees, some of them maimed by mines and otherwise scarred by war. A touching story, Turtles Can Fly was the first movie shot in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Please RSVP Mikaela at for refreshments.

Forget Baghdad: Jews and Arabs – The Iraqi Connection

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Location: CAS B36

Please join us for the second installment of the Iraq+10 film series. Forget Baghdad: Jews and Arabs – The Iraqi Connection is a documentary film following the lives of four Iraqi Jews, or Mizrahim, who fled from Iraq to Israel during the 1950s. Considered Jews in Baghdad and Arabs in Israel, the divided identities and confusion of these four men’s lives tell a much larger tale of global, political and cultural disorder.

The Night Baghdad Fell

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Location: CAS B36

Enjoy delicious Lebanese food with this critically acclaimed film about the repercussions of the Iraq war from a Middle Eastern perspective. A political farce, The Night Baghdad Fell focuses on an Egyptian school headmaster who, in the wake of the US-led invasion of Iraq, becomes convinced that Egypt will be next. After realizing that his government has no defense plan, the headmaster teams up with a former student to develop a deterrence weapon.

IIS Announcements

Dr. Kristin Girling on "Baghdad College and al-Hikma University: American Jesuit contributions to Iraqi education and society 1932--1968," at the Pardee School, 121 Bay State Road, on November 17, 2016, at 12:00 P.M.

Activist 'Ali 'Issa on "Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq," at the Pardee School, 121 Bay State Road, on March 18, 2016, at 2:30 P.M.

Novel Elias Khoury read from his new book The Broken Mirrors: Sinacol on March 2, 2016, at 7:00 P.M.

Just published! Eric Davis on Taking Democracy Seriously in Iraq

PDF and Kindle versions will be available.

IIS sponsors Muslim Youth conference, April 9, 2015

Can Iraq be Saved?

Read the rapporteur's report from the November 19, 2014 lecture and listen to streaming audio.

Sexual and Gender Based Violence against Syrian Refugees

Read the just-published executive summary from the May 2, 2014, workshop.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Contiguous States

Read the just-published report from the January 31, 2014, workshop.

Beth Murphy joins as Non-Resident Fellow

The Institute is please to announce the appointment of Beth Murphy as Non-Resident Visual Arts Fellow.

JANUARY 31 2014 9am to 4:30pm: Workshop on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

CURA, 10 Lenox Street
Brookline, MA

This workshop focuses on the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on the contiguous countries: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.


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