SUSANNE AYOUB, author, and ELISABETH STRATKA, Producer of the Ö1 program HÖRBILDER (Radio Features) discuss the Baghdad Project, which Susanne Ayoub began in 2002 with two trips to Iraq.
On the difficulties of filmmaking in a dictatorship and how these difficulties made a film into a radio broadcast: The audio feature “Born in Baghdad” was broadcast by the ORF five days before the American invasion of Iraq.
The multimedia Baghdad Project continued to develop over the years: essay, story, audiobook, poetry chapbook, theater play. Susanne Ayoub did eventually succeed in making a film: “Baghdad Fragment” premiered in 2007 at the Diagonale.
In 2016, the novel “The Jewel Garden” appeared, a love story set in the Iraq of the 1950s and 60s, times of revolution and civil war, the beginnings of anomalous political developments that have shaken Iraq until the present day.
Susanne Ayoub reads from her novel and presents excerpts from her audiobook and film.
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