Short of the Week: Baghdad Messi
Friday 22 November 2019
Iraq 2009. Ten-year-old Hamoudi has only one leg, but is totally obsessed with football. He and his friends - like the rest of the world - are looking forward to the Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester (Messi versus Ronaldo). But then Hamoudi’s television breaks down!
Kurdish-Belgian director Sahim Omar Kalifa’s award-winning short is ruthlessly heart-braking, with a beautifully moving central performance by Ali Raad Al-Zaidawy. Baghdad Messi was amongst the 10 short finalists for the Oscars, and took home a number of prizes from the international festivals, including the Malmo Arab Film Festival. It was produced by Ateam productions.
Find more info on the film’s official Facebook page.