Whispers of the Cities
Whispers of the Cities

Whispers of the Cities

Director Kasim Abid

Production year 2013

Length 62min.

Country Iraq/UK


This film is made up of three separate visual stories, shot over a period of ten years in three different cities of the Middle East: Erbil in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq (2002), Ramallah in the West Bank, Palestine (2003) and Baghdad (2004 to 2012). There is no dialogue and no narration. It’s requires the viewer to watch and see and feel.


Special Mention Award | Cinéma du Réel, France, 2014


Kasim Abid
Kasim Abid



Kasim Abid


Kasim Abid

Director of Photography

Kasim Abid

Music by

Nasser Shamma


Kasim Abid, Peter Hodges


Kasim Abid, James Milner-Smyth

Production company(ies)

Oxymoron Films Limited 55 Windsor Road London N7 6JL United Kingdom

Kasim Abid

Kasim Abid is an Award-winning Iraqi filmmaker, director, producer and is the cameraman of all his films. He graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts, Baghdad and holds an MA from All Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), Moscow. He came to London in 1982 where he continues to live and work as a filmmaker. Co-Founder of the non-profit making The Independent Filmand TV College in Baghdad. Kasim’s students trained in Iraq, went on to win 14 local and international FFs Awards. Recently Kasim was a jury member at the Abu Dhabi FF 2010 and Ismailia IFF 2013. He was also the director and organizer of two festivals in Iraq: Documentary FF Iraq 2011 and Baghdad Eye-Human Rights FF 2012.


Life After the Fall (2008, doc.), Naji Al Ali: An Artist with Vision (2000, doc.), Amid the Alien Corn (1990, short), Surda Checkpoint (2005, short), Wings of the Soul (2011, short), Whispers of the Cities (2013).

FILMS 2014