It’s a story about sacrifices, the social order of society, and the power of a simple gift. Santa Claus in Baghdad is a story about giving set in modern-day Iraq.
Best Independent Short (Third Place) – 2008 KIDS FIRST! Film Festival
Official Selection at the 2008 Rhode Island Film Festival
Official Selection at the 2009 Garden State Film Festival
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ABOUT SANTA CLAUS IN BAGHDAD
Amal is a sixteen-year old girl who has fallen a year behind in school due to illness. When she learns that her favorite teacher is leaving, she recruits her classmates to decide on a going-away present for him. Meanwhile, her little brother, Bilal, thinks that their uncle, who will be visiting soon from the United States, is actually Santa Claus. He would like nothing more that to receive a toy car from this visitor from far away.
COMMENTS FROM EDUCATORS:
We spent a full day watching the film and developing classroom exercises with fifty teachers in North Carolina. There was not a dry eye in the house. This is a perfect film for schools and colleges. – Renée Hobbs, Temple University
The story does an amazing job of giving our students a picture not only into the life of Iraqi families, but for the life of many families across the globe in need. There were many powerful discussions around the different stories in the film both between the student body and the wider middle school community. – John Harutunian
My daughter asked me what to get her father for Christmas and I told her to watch your film and she would know. – Laura Ball
Your film is beautiful and amazing. There are not enough films like this for students. – Samira Phillips
The story held my students’ interest and engendered a lively discussion. My students are quite ignorant of even the history of the Gulf War. In light of their ignorance, we are now doing some research to learn more about Iraq. – JoAnn Baldwin