Trailer for Chicago Underground Film Festival

I shot and edited this. For me, the chosen movements of the performer, the edit in relation to the next shot, is another instrument at play. They’re all working together. The music by City of Djinn is repetitive enough to visually riff from.  I would describe the majority of my editing style as musical. I always wanted to be a musician but could never master any one instrument. But I had a talent in the visual arts and a deep love for music. I’m also happy to contribute to my homefront, the Chicago Underground Film Festival. They have been playing my work since I was a young lad. Dance habibi.

Directed by Usama Alshaibi. Starring Amandine Troy, with Seabrooke Mooney as art director. Music by City of Djinn, Marwan Kamel and Micah Bezold. Made in Baghdad, Iowa.

Nice Bombs DVD now available

My documentary on my 2004 trip to Baghdad, Iraq is on DVD and you can buy it directly from me. Click here to purchase. 

Nice Bombs DVD
My Journey Back to Iraq
76 minutes
In Nice Bombs, filmmaker Usama Alshaibi returns to Baghdad to reunite with his family after nearly 24 years. This documentary navigates through his unique relationship to an Iraq that is much different than the country of his childhood.Usama captures the conflicting reactions to the conditions of life in Baghdad. Through a wide range of opinions and experiences he provides a broad panorama of voices long neglected under Saddam’s regime.With humor and resilience Nice Bombs explores Usama’s dual role as both Iraqi and American.

Director: Usama Alshaibi
Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: Region 1