Curse of Mesopotamia – Iraq, Jordan, 2015 – overview

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‘Remember who you were. Remember what you did.’

Curse of Mesopotamia is a 2015 Iraqi-Jordanian supernatural horror feature film written and directed by Lauand Omar (a Syrian born Kurd who grew up in Germany, then studied Film and Television production in Miami, Florida, and Toronto, Canada).

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The advance of ISIS halted production in Kurdistan, Iraq back in August, 2014. However, the production team’s strong perseverance ensured that principal photography on the indie film was completed in April, 2015 in Jordan.

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A pre-release in Iraqi cinemas throughout November, 2015 was a success, scoring the #1 spot at the box office amongst the new releases, 2nd overall, just behind Spectre, the James Bond film.

The film was released On Demand in the US and Canada via iTunes and Amazon in August 2016.

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The movie stars Melissa Mars, Terrell Carter, Karim Saidi, Kaoutar Boudarraja, Mauricio Rousselon,  Hania Amar, Stacy Thunes, Ana Sinclair, Ahmad Massad, Ozzie Aziz and Daniel W. Smith as the Demon.

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Five strangers are brought together with only one thing in common: nightly visits by a demon in a nightmare so disturbing it has affected their everyday lives. When their common psychiatrist suggests group therapy in a location similar to the place they keep seeing in their daily nightmare, US Army soldier and divorced father, John, is not keen to the idea.

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However, when he realizes that his little daughter has started to suffer from the same night terrors, John agrees to join the trip to Erbil in Iraq, Kurdistan with the psychiatrist and the other patients: painter Veronique, socialite and ex-adult star Amira, bisexual playboy Tony, and radical Islamist, Ahmed.

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Once at the old castle, dream and reality start to become one. John soon realizes that their arrival was not a coincidence. They are all reincarnations of key figures that played a role in 600B.C. during the revolution that made Kawa a hero and that is still celebrated to this day as the holiday, Newroz. The Demon has lured them back to change history and to stop Kawa. The brutal fight for survival starts, again…

 

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