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This disarming 60-minute video of everyday life in prewar Baghdad was shot by Paul Chan during a sojourn to Iraq in late December 2002 and early January 2003, organized by the antiwar group Voices in the Wilderness. His “ambient documentary” records a local cafe, a Sufi poetry performance, a wedding party, a dozing monkey, and a group of middle-aged uniformed women at a military parade who brandish automatic rifles and chant, “Hey thunder, Saddam is your son!” Many Iraqis playfully address the camera, and Chan decenters the perspective by occasionally handing the camera to one of them and by adding allusive female voice-over in six different languages.

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