Mesocafé by Ja’far ‘Abd Al-Hamid

Shot entirely in London this film tells the story of the Iraqi community in UK during the crucial months of February 2002 and 2003 before the war in Iraq burst out.

All the characters speak in English with heavy Arabic accents which was an intentional tool as the director wanted to convey the melody of Arabic into English. It’s a love story with political background and presents the world an average Londoner may not be aware of. A diaspora with its own bookshops, cafe’s who is connected by the country of origin. And it does not matter if they emmigrated back in 1970’s, in 1980’s or very recently.

A warm story with strong historical connections.

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