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From Baghdad to Peace Country ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB522254
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Tracey Friesen, Graydon McCrea
Directors:  Sherry LePage
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Arts, Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Civics, Documentary, Global Studies, Social Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2003
Running Time:  28:32
Closed Captions:  Yes


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In 1999, a life-altering journey to Baghdad changed the focus of Canadian artist Deryk Houston's work. His canvas would be the Earth. His inspiration would be peace.

Unable to remain an outside observer of the crisis in Iraq, Deryk travelled to witness first-hand the impact of international sanctions on the Iraqi people. Deprived of basic medicine, adequate food and clean water, UNICEF has estimated that a half-million children under the age of five have died as a result of war and the economic sanctions imposed by the United Nations in 1991.

Compelled to speak out, the artist embarked upon a unique nature art project designed to call attention to the situation of the children of Iraq. Using rocks, gravel and hay, Deryk began to create large-scale art installations in the image of a mother and child against diverse landscapes around the world. With footage from Deryk's travels to Baghdad and Scotland, this documentary follows the artist as he works with his young son Sam to compose the largest and most challenging of his works: a permanent mother-and-child sanctuary located in the Peace River country of northeastern British Columbia.

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