The First Movie (2009)
Mark Cousins travels to Goptapa, a Kurdish-Iraqi village of just 700 people on a tributary of the Tigris river, and tries to make a film about a place that is normally only portrayed in current affairs programmes. He shows the kids films, projected onto a sheet, then gives them cameras. They make little movies about war, love, a fish that goes to a magical place, and a chicken who debates justice. Despite the production being stopped twice by the Iraqi secret police, The First Movie is an absorbing and achingly beautiful dream of a film about wonder and the power of the imagination.
United Kingdom, Canada