Mesocafe
Mezocafe

Film Title

Mesocafe

Screening:

    Sunday 02 October 12 Noon
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Runtime:

103 mins

Director: Ja’far ‘Abd Al-Hamid Country: UK/Iraq
Writer: Ja’far ‘Abd Al-Hamid Original Format: Super 16mm
Dir. of Photography: Alessio Valori Print Source: Ja’far ‘Abd al-Hamid
Producer: Ja’far ‘Abd Al-Hamid
Cast: Nasri Sayegh, Daphne Alexander, Houda Echouafni, Ahlam ‘Arab, Andy Lucas

Film Details

World Premiere

In Competition: Best Micro Budget Feature

Short Synopsis:

In February 2003, an underground blogger arrives in London to campaign against UN Sanctions on Iraq. Falling in love is not part of the plan.

Review

Opposing the regime of Saddam Hussain, Yusif (Nasri Sayegh) risks his life by leaving Iraq in 2003 to come to London and campaign for the immediate lifting of UN sanctions against his country. 500,000 children are estimated to have died since the sanctions were imposed in 1990, yet Yusif has to battle through the bureaucracy, politics and self-interest that are embedded within the systems of the United Nations.

Yusif takes comfort in spending time at ‘Mesocafe,’ a tavern in London where many Iraqis congregate. Here he finds a community including the love-wise owner Zaynab, Tawfiq a young man constantly phoning his wife in Syria, and Suad, still mourning the loss of her husband in the first war. Here too he meets Bisan (Daphne Alexander) and falls in love. For Yusif, Bisan in a way represents Iraq: beautiful, personable and intelligent; she carries an old-fashioned jewel-embroidered purse, a traditional design that takes Yusif back to his childhood. In difficult times, however, they must both face challenges that threaten themselves and their close ones.

A sense of longing for home and despair at the apparently inevitable war permeate the film which becomes as much a movie about politics as it is a movie about the lives of exiled Iraqis in London.

Orestes Kouzof

06 October 2011 Louise Hector Mesocafe

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Practical Information

Screenings at Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus
19 Lower Regent Street
SW1Y 4LR
London
www.appollocinemas.com

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