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This week on Voices of the Middle East & North Africa, we have a conversation with Professor Sinan Antoon of New York University about the current political situation in Iraq as the stalemate in forming a government continues.
Son of Babylon
Later in the program, we’ll bring you the second part of our conversation with Iraqi film maker Mohamed Al-Daradji, about his award winning feature film Ibne Babel, or Son of Babylon, a story about a grandmother and grandson in occupied Iraq. The film has been selected as Iraq’s official entry for the foreign language Oscar at the 2011 Academy Awards. Al-Daradji also speaks with us about the unsteady state of the film industry in Iraq.
The Iraqi poet Sargon Boulus was a rare bird: a formal innovator immersed in tradition, a politically engaged artist who resisted political classification.Sinan Antoon looks back on his life and work.
“What words can do / these days / Is almost nothing” wrote the Iraqi poet Sargon Boulus in The Secret of Words, published just weeks after he died in a Berlin hospital on October 21, 2007.
Boulus always modestly undersold the power his work had in Iraqi and Arab cultural circles. One wishes he could have seen the elegies and testimonials that quickly flowed in from Iraq, from Morocco, from across the Arab diaspora. In As Safir, the Iraqi poet Saadi Youssef bemoaned the loss of “the only Iraqi poet”.