Mark Cousins Retrospective: THE FIRST MOVIE

Dir: Mark Cousins
United Kingdom / Canada / 2009 / 76mins

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Date: Sat 16 Apr 2016 - Sun 17 Apr 2016
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An innovative 'magic realist' documentary set in Iraq. Filmmaker Mark Cousins, who was brought up in a Northern Irish war zone, travels to Goptapa, a Kurdish/Iraqi village of just 700 people on a tributary of the Tigris river, and tries to make a dream film about a place that is normally only portrayed in current affairs programmes.

He gives the kids cameras. They make little movies about war, love, a fish that goes to a magical place, and a chicken who debates justice. Despite the production being stopped twice by the Iraqi secret police, The First Movie is about wonder and the power of the imagination. 

Following the release of his latest film, I Am Belfast, we’re celebrating the career of filmmaker Mark Cousins with a retrospective at Bertha DocHouse. Click HERE for details of all screenings and our special Masterclass with Mark on Friday 15th April.

"This charming documentary on innocence and image-making from that venerable Northern Irish critic/filmmaker Mark Cousins offers rich insights into how we produce and consume cinema." - David Jenkins, Time Out

"The results are stunning... It is heart-on-sleeve stuff and I found his idealism inspiring." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian