1. Samara (سمارة)


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    This is Iraqi born bellydancer Samara performing on a Lebanese tv game show. In this clip, she wears a faux snake skin bedlah and starts her performance with slow music and some serious backbends all while wearing high heels. Samara moved from Baghdad to Beirut in Lebanon in the early 1980s as a university student. She also began taking dance lessons from Nadia Gamal who encouraged her to find herself and develop her own style. Samara made her name in Lebanon being most popular during the mid-1980s. However, the Fanoos website is unabashed in describing Samara as ‘…an average dancer with boring tableaux’. The site continues with a bit of background, “In 1986, she (Samara) became a mother and had to shortly stop dancing or making appearances. Because of problems with her spouse Tarek Osman which ended up in a divorce, her career was also put on hold and she disappeared for a long while before making a weak comeback in 2008. Samara was however busy giving private dance classes and opening belly dance institutes in all countries of the Gulf, and in 1997 she opened her first Academy in Brazil.” Well, you could shoot pumpkins through the holes in that quote, but we'll move on....... Samara’s rise to fame seems to have been thanks to her connection with Simon Asmar, I guess you could say he was the Lebanese Simon Cowell of the time. Asmar developed talented artists, not only bellydancers but singers too, and showcased them via his tv talent show ‘Studio el Fann’. He also either directed or produced many of the Lebanese tv game shows where bellydancers or singers performed. The tradition continues as Asmar’s son Bashir has worked as a producer’s assistant on the Lebanese tv bellydance competition called ‘Hezzi Ya Nawaem’. For those who’ve never seen the show, its similar to the tv programme, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, but with bellydancers only.

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    • The Refuge Initiative


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      Visit sponsorarefugee.com to sponsor a refugee today! For live streaming from Iraq, follow us on Periscope @TRI_Iraq

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      • Iram & Adeel Wedding Highlights - Dallas, TX - AK Films


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        Shot & Edited by Ali Kareem Contact: AliKareemFilms@Gmail.com Facebook.com/AliKareemFilms

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        • Two Refugees and a Blonde - Title Sequence


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          This is a title sequence I created for the Web series "Two Refugees and a Blonde" The series is about an outspoken blonde who attempts to live with two erratic Muslim refugees. After Zoe Hunter, an idealistic radio host who thinks she’s worldly, challenges a prominent politician: why isn’t Australia embracing refugees? When he turns the question back at her, Zoe proclaims she would gladly take refugees into her own home. Live on Air. Her listeners and media applaud her and the “Wake Up with Zoe” Facebook page goes wild with thousands of new likes. Just as she begins to bask in the limelight, the doorbell rings. Sami and Muncle, two Iraqi asylum seekers, arrive on her doorstep, suitcases in hand: “Which room is ours?!” Chaos ensues as the mismatched trio struggle to share Zoe’s boho townhouse, with hazardous consequences. Created and Produced by Osamah Sami Rain Fuller Shahin Shafaei Directed by Shahin Shafaei Starring Rain Fuller Behrouz Harvasi Osamah Sami Music Craig Bryant Sound Design Leo Guardo Watch the full series here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC60VAWrKXcT-oUmaDI6-wmg

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          • Tina & Amir | Feature Film


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            • Homesick


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              Thousands of refugees from Sinjar (Shengal), Iraq and Kobane, Syria fled to Southern Turkey when the IS militia attacked their towns and villages in the summer of 2014. This is how they live in the refugee camps today. PRODUCED, WRITTEN, FILMED AND EDITED BY Roberto Fumagalli A STELLA ROSSA FILM

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              • Iraq - Samir


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                Samir is one of the thousands of Iraqi citizens who were displaced from their homes in Sinjar when ISIL attacked last year. With support from UK Aid, UNHCR and other agencies helped him cope with the winter. Shot by Andrew McConnell, edit and production by Panos for DFID.

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                • Ahlam's Iraqi Kitchen


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                  • Ali Kareem Visual Directing Reel


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                    contact: AliKareemFilms@Gmail.com

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