The flavor of apricot ice cream, the smell of gunpowder, the sound of bombings—the Iraqi-French filmmaker Feurat Alani appeals to the senses in his portrayal of Iraq through memories of family visits. As an adult he spends a number of years there working as a journalist, and is confronted by terror and war. In his home he finds himself looking down the barrel of an American soldier’s gun, but he also reports on the U.S. Army as an embedded journalist.
In 1000 Tweets and Illustrations by Leonard Cohen, Alani’s personal history emerges, as well as that of his family and a blighted country. When the nine-year-old Alani visits his Iraqi family for the first time, Saddam Hussein literally hangs like a threatening cloud above an otherwise happy life, but in spite of everything, there’s room for love, beauty, humour and above all humanity.
About the Author
Feurat Alani is born in Paris, France, in 1980 as son of an Iraqi political refugee. From 2003 to 2008 he is in Bagdad as correspondent for I Télé, Ouest France, La Croix et Le Point. Back in Paris in 2008, he joins the team of l’Effet Papillon (Canal +) and creates documentaries on Iraq, Egypt and Algeria and the United States.
In 2010, with two other journalists, he founds the production company Baozi Prod where he creates, among others, an investigative report on the city of Falloujah that wins awards from several festivals. After moving to Dubai, UAE, he founds In Sight Films in 2012, a production company, where he today directs and produces news reports and documentaries for Arte and France 24 and Canal+.
About the Artist
Léonard Cohen has a diploma in animation from ENSAD, Paris. His film Plato received the price for the best graduation short at the Annecy festival in 2011. He later makes films for Le Monde and the European Commission and takes part in multiple documentary and educacational projects. Today, Léonard shares his time between animation and illustration.