Film, Video The New Iraq: Memory and National Identity Part 2

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The New Iraq: Memory and National Identity Part 2

The symposium focused on the importance and the preservation of millions of documents from the Baathist archives of Iraq uncovered after the war in 2003. The keynote speaker was the Honorable `Ala' al-Tamimi, the Mayor of Baghdad. There was a slide presentation shown at the symposium which displayed photographs and art works made by Iraqis depicting the scourge of war.

Kanan Makiya, the Iraqi born President of the Iraq Memory Foundation, who is in charge of preserving these documents in Baghdad, discussed the role and significance of memory. The Mayor of Baghdad talked about the importance in the life of Iraqis of the "The Museum of Remembrance" that will house those documents, while Dianne van der Reyden, the Library's Director for Preservation, made a presentation on different threats to those documents and ways to preserve them for future generations.

Event Date
March 08, 2005
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-  Dianne van der Reyden is the Director for Preservation at the Library of Congress.
-  Kanan Makiya is a professor of Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. He also directs the Iraq Research and Documentation Project at Harvard University where he is attempting to make available for scholarly research some three million pages of official Iraqi government documents captured by the Kurds following the Gulf War in 1991. The Baghdad-born Makiya is founding director of The Iraq Foundation, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that promotes public activities concerning democracy in Iraq. In October 1992, he acted as the convener of the Human Rights Committee of the Iraqi National Congress, a transitional parliament then based in northern Iraq. Makiya has collaborated on two films for television, the most recent of which exposed for the first time the 1988 campaign of mass murder in northern Iraq known as the Anfal. The film was shown in the United States under the title "Saddam's Killing Fields" and received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Television Documentary on Foreign Affairs in 1992. His books, published in English, Arabic, Kurdish and French, include "Republic of Fear" (written under the pseudonym Samir al-Khalil); "Cruelty and Silence," which was awarded The Lionel Gelber Prize for the best book on international relations published in English in 1993; and "The Rock: A Seventh Century Tale of Jerusalem." Makiya has written for The Independent, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement and The Times of London.
-  `Ala' al-Tamimi is the current mayor of Baghdad.
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Running Time
1 hours 29 minutes 21 seconds

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