Mardik: Baghdad to Hollywood traces the life of screenwriter Mardik Martin. Raised in Baghdad, and infused with an early love for movies, Mardik was sent to the U.S. by his family to avoid being drafted into the Iraqi army. While he was there, Mardik discovered the NYU cinema department where he met Martin Scorsese. Their friendship led to some of the greatest films in American Cinema, including Mean Streets, New York, New York and Raging Bull. At the peak of his success, Mardik succumbed to the destructive lifestyle of Hollywood. In the 1980s, he found a new path as a teacher and continues as a senior lecturer at USC, teaching countless students about the art of screenwriting. Mardik is a modern-day fable about reaching for your dreams, falling from grace, only to find redemption in the end; offering an intimate portrait of an oft-forgotten character in Hollywood, the screenwriter.
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