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Kasim Abid

Iraqi film director
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Occupation Film director
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Kasim Abid (قاسم عبد) is an award-winning Iraqi filmmaker, director, producer and is the cameraman of all his films. He graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts- Baghdad and holds an MA from VGIK-All Union State Institute of Cinematography - Moscow. He came to London in 1982 where he continues to live and work as a filmmaker.
Co-Founder of the non-profit making ‘The Independent Film and TV College’ –Baghdad: www.iftvc.org
The students Kasim trained in Iraq, went on to win 13 local and international Film Festivals Awards.
Recently, Kasim was a jury member at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2010 and Ismailia International Film Festival 2013. He was also, the Director/Organizer of two festivals in Iraq: Documentary Film Festival Iraq 2011 and Baghdad Eye-Human Rights Film Festival 2012
Worked as Head of Documentary programmes at MBC Arab Satellite Station and Head of Camera Department at ANN Satellite Channel in nineties.


Whispers of the Cities 2013 Award : Special Mention – Cinema du Reel Film Festival. / Wings of the soul 2011. / Life After The Fall-2008 Award : Best film - Munich International Documentary Film Festival. Golden Hawk-Arab Film Festival Rotterdam. Best documentary film- Arab film festival California. Second best Documentary – Gulf film festival / Surda Checkpoint-2005. Award : Best Cinematography –Iraqi Short Film Festival. / Naji Al Ali: Artist With Vision-1999 Award : Audience Award - Arab Screen Independent Film Festival. Journalists Choice- Human Rights Film Festival Ramallah. / Amid the Alien Corn-1990.


  • 2005 Award for Excellence in Arts by the British “The Muslim News” newspaper.

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