Life is a little complicated for Samir Peter. Once the most famous pianist in Iraq, he now plays to half empty lounges and sleeps in a hotel basement, afraid to cross Baghdad to his seven-bedroomed mansion. Samir is happy to introduce director Sean McAllister to his world, but as the months progress and violence escalates, he grows increasingly nervous about the filming. Samir has a visa to move but he's having trouble convincing his children to go with him, and he himself has mixed feelings about the States.
It seems that nowhere is safe when Samir's son discovers the body of their next door neighbour who has been shot three times in the chest. And as conditions deteriorate, the pianist and the film maker must try to survive the 'peace' of post-war Iraq.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Sean McAllister.
Sean McAllister graduated from the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in 1996. Since then he has made films for both the BBC and Channel 4; working in the UK and internationally. His candid films and interactive style depict the lives of ordinary people who are struggling to survive but who are survivors; intelligent and resourceful people caught-up in a world of political turmoil and personal conflict.
Presented in partnership with Open City Docs