Reel Shorts 2014

  • 18 minutes
  • Iraq/Belgium
  • 2013
  • Arabic with English subtitles
Bhagdad Messi

In Iraq, ten-year-old Hamoudi is obsessed with football. Like many fans around the world, he and his friends are eagerly looking forward to the 2009 Championship League finale between Barcelona and England’s Manchester United, the long-awaited clash between Messi and Ronaldo. But then Hamoudi’s television breaks down and getting it fixed in time for the game becomes so important to him that he ignores the risk. Won Best Film at the 2013 Gulf Film Festival in Dubai among other awards.

Co-Writer/Director

  • Sahim Omar Kalifa