“SHADOW IN BAGHDAD” SCREENING at BEIT HATFUTSOT
The Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot recently hosted a special screening of the award-winning documentary “Shadow in Baghdad.” This was the latest in a series of events hosted by the IFBH, aimed to raise both awareness of the Museum and funds for its special projects.
Directed by Duki Dror, “Shadow in Baghdad” tells the riveting tale of journalist Linda Abdul Aziz Menuhin. After fleeing her native Iraq in the 1970s, Menuhin’s father mysteriously disappeared. This captivating film reveals how a young Iraqi journalist reached out to Menuhin in an effort to answer the questions left unanswered by this mysterious disappearance.
The screening took place in an atmosphere of renewal as guests were invited to visit the recently-opened New Wing of the Museum. Irit Admoni Perlman, Director of the IFBH, thanked Menuhin for her bravery and her contributions to the larger story of the Jewish people, adding that, “As the global center of Jewish communities, Beit Hatfutsot is dedicated to featuring exhibitions in the New Wing that display the rich cultural mosaic that comprises the Jewish People. The story of Menuhin’s family is intrinsic to this mission, as it sheds light on the grand community of Iraqi Jews.”
A panel hosted by Jackie Hugi featured a lively discussion between the film’s director, Duki Dror, the film’s heroine, Linda Menuhin and Knesset Member Prof. Yossi Yona. An Israeli ensemble, the “Firkat Al Nour,” performed classical Middle Eastern music, enriching the evening and complimenting the screening and discussion alike.
Proceeds from the event will go towards bringing children, families and IDF soldiers from Israel’s peripheral areas for a meaningful visit to The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot.
(Photos: Rafi Deluya)