Iraq’s Invisible Beauty


Full Name in English Iraq's Invisible Beauty
Full Name in Arabic جمال العراق الخفي
Running Time 86 min
Country of Production Belgium, France
Date of Production 2022

Latif Al Ani photographed Iraq for 30 years before multiple wars arose. At the age of 86, he traveled through his devastated country of Iraq in search of the people and places he photographed at the time, sharing his pictures with Iraqis today, and they cannot imagine that Iraq in his photographs was once real.

About the director

Sahim Omar Kalifa is a Belgian-Kurdish filmmaker based in Belgium. In 2001, he came to Belgium, and in 2008 he got his Master’s degree in filmmaking at Sint-Lukas Film School, Brussels. Kalifa has won 96 international awards between his short films.
Baghdad Messi was shortlisted for the 87th Academy Awards, and ‘Bad Hunter’ was shortlisted for the 88th Academy Awards.
Sahim was chosen in Istanbul as the Best Kurdish film director and later that year became a voting member for the Academy Awards.

Jurgen Buedts is a writer, director, producer. With his company Las Belgas, established in 2013 they are able to attract international talent and create award winning projects worldwide.
Projects he produced, co-produced, wrote or directed include high end films but also artistic low budget arthouse projects, both fiction and documentary.
His work is seen on big and small screens and his network includes high end filmmakers, broadcasters, producers or networks worldwide.