Born to Die is a poem by Iraqi poet Zaher Mousa and is in his native Arabic. There are no subtitles, as I want you to hear to the emotion in this great poet's voice. Born to Die was a commission from Reel Festivals and was shot in Iraq for Filmpoem by Ryan Van Winkle.
It is a pair with Swoon, who made the English language counterpart, translated by Jen Hadfield after bridge translation by Lauren Pyott. You can watch that here: vimeo.com/61332588; this is the second film Swoon and I have paired, the first being Aan Het Water: vimeo.com/43475356 and vimeo.com/43295566