The First Movie


Milliken at the Dennos MuseumFri, Aug 2, 2013 3:00 PM
Sponsored by Sue Brightheart & Mike McManus and Delbert & Sally Michel
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Old Town PlayhouseSun, Aug 4, 2013 9:00 AM
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Film Info
Release Year:2009
Runtime:76 min.
Type of Film:Feature Documentary
Production Country:UK
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Cast/Crew Info
Director:Mark Cousins
Produced by:Trish Dolman
Gill Parry
Screenwriter:Mark Cousins
Cinematography:Mark Cousins
Editing By:Timo Langer
Music By:Melissa Hui


In a remote Kurdish village in Iraq that had been devastated by Saddam Hussein’s regime, filmmaker Mark Cousins (“The Story of Film,” TCFF ‘12) set up an impromptu cinema to screen classics for villagers who had never experienced the magic of film. Taking his experiment one step further, he gave cameras to the children and let them film. The images that came back weren’t those of war and suffering, but rather they were filled with children’s fantasies and boundless sense of wonder. This inventive, magical documentary shows the power of cinema to inspire and is a profound testament to the imaginations and resiliency of children. In Person: Director Mark Cousins.