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Dream City

Dream City portrays visitors of a theme park in a Northern city of Iraq as they share their fears and hopes.

The Story

This 2007 Minimovie portrays several visitors of the theme park Dream City, who talk about their life in Iraq. Stories about fear, the role of ethnicity and religion, hate and violence, but also stories about the future, dreams, courage and hope. This series of portraits paints a probing, almost surreal picture of a country and a population that is completely torn apart. Majid – a tourist from the violent city of Mosul: ‘It is our fate as Iraqis, to live in misery. I can’t remember ever really laughing. I envy those people who can really laugh.’

About the creators

Tomas Kaan (1979) wrote reports about turbulent areas such as Kosovo, Ukraine, and the Middle-East. He directed television programs home and abroad, commissioned films, and documentaries, such as the documentary ‘Amsterdam – Kosovo’ (2005).

Camera: Bas Zwartepoorte
Editor: Martijn de Bruin

About Minimovies

A Minimovie is an episodic documentary consisting of 8 to 10 episodes. Episodes are 7 to 10 minutes each. Put together, they form a self-contained story. With MiniMovies SubmarineChannel explores a new narrative and visual style of documentary filmmaking. You can watch the Minimovies here or simply download them to your digital device of choice.


a SubmarineChannel production in collaboration with Prospektor, VPRO Television and Vrij Nederland magazine.




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