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Dream City2016

  • 4.0
In Iraqi Kurdistan, two friends, Emma, a filmmaker from the US, and Diana, a local aspiring actress, make a movie. When they begin Diana is living on her own in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan's buzzing capital city. She is studying to be a flight attendant and enjoying the freedom of being independent and young in a growing city. When war returns to Iraq with the invasion of ISIS, Diana moves back to her mother's home in Sulaymaniyah. Now her days pass quietly, mostly indoors. In the darkness of frequent power outages, Diana builds a dream city in her mind.

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A WELL DOCUMENTED FILM OF OBSERVATION.

This film reminded me the famous French painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot who was famous by painting the mist in the air on his canvas...

I am soo much familiar to this life stile, culture and environment; I feel like I have watched this film some times before... An authentic story of life of Mesopotamians who are Kurds and are located in the area which we call Kurdistan today...

This film gave me the real flavor of life and culture of Mesopotamian's. I recommend every one to watch this film which is a documentary of present life of every ones ruts...

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A WELL DOCUMENTED FILM OF OBSERVATION.

This film reminded me the famous French painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot who was famous by painting the mist in the air on his canvas...

I am soo much familiar to this life stile, culture and environment; I feel like I have watched this film some times before... An authentic story of life of Mesopotamians who are Kurds and are located in the area which we call Kurdistan today...

This film gave me the real flavor of life and culture of Mesopotamian's. I recommend every one to watch this film which is a documentary of present life of every ones ruts...

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For once, finally: a film that gives the world an opportunity to observe, think, and settle into a broader view of humanity and the skeletons we have, and live amongst. Contemporary films may fail to challenge, as they seem to move closer to catering to those audiences in need of solid arcs and settled story lines. Reality is much harder, and this experimental film is a piece of art obviously created with integrity, honesty, and a deep understanding that such arcs misrepresent our lives. Diana's exploration of her dreams follows a journey through a city calling out for help--and, all the while, joy and a forgiving sense of opportunity are at the surface. The honesty of this film is its hidden treasure.

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Dream City brilliantly captures the quiet moments for everyday people stuck in a country at war. The film follows Diana, an aspiring actress whose ambitions are hamstrung by circumstance. Masterfully filmed and cut to give deep poignancy to small moments, Dream City creates an intimate and often unexpected portrait of the pain of aspirations kept just out of reach. Even if you can't find Iraqi Kurdistan on the map, Diana's journey is instantly relatable to anyone who has ever chased an elusive dream. This film will stick with viewers long after the credits roll and it serves as a master class for documentary filmmakers on the importance of patience and letting a story unfold at its own pace.

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Beautiful film.

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Planned or not, the structure of the film mirrors the unstructured life of its' focus. Those who have aspirations, but limited means to give legs to their dreams, often have difficulty with happiness,

and full into self - absorption. I saw no evidence of the sisters assisting their mother with anything.

The film is not different from our TV Reality obsession, which in my opinion suggests our own

separation from reality.

1 member likes this review