This video is called Stage Managing Toppling of Saddam Statue.
“The entire event is being hailed as an equivalent of the Berlin Wall falling… but even a quick glance of the long-shot photo shows something more akin to a carefully constructed media event tailored for the television cameras.”
Iraqi artists and comedians work from Syrian exile
Thu Jul 5, 2007 6:54am ET136
By Tom Perry
DAMASCUS – Basim Hamed crafted shrapnel from car bombs into a memorial to 34 children killed by an attack in Baghdad.
When the sculpture was destroyed and he received death threats, Hamed knew it was time to leave for Syria.
“In Baghdad there are only killers and victims. I cannot be a killer and I don’t want to be a victim,” he said.
Sitting at a cafe in a Damascus market, he reflected on his hopes for Iraq at that time. Nine months into exile, he says he finds peace of mind only when working with clay.
“My work now is a reflection of what I saw, lived and heard in Iraq, and very rarely reflects the dreams I held for that place.”
Part of an exodus of more than a million Iraqis to Syria, artists, filmmakers and writers are seeking to document their country’s woes from Damascus, hoping they can influence opinion at home for the better.
“I have the material for 100 films burned into my memory,” said Hayder Daffar, a filmmaker also driven from Baghdad by death threats and the relentless violence.
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