DigiBlogs: This remarkable movie reveals what Iraq was like in the nineteen fifties, right before a long time of conflict


YouTubeIn April 2014, the 20th-century movie house British Pathé digitized extra than 80,000 of its films and set them on YouTube.

“Ageless Iraq” is one of them, shot in the nineteen fifties to introduce “a new place” to the earth, “one that hasn’t forgotten the glories of its history.”

Given that this motion picture was created, Iraq has been the web site of repeated conflict and atrocities — chemical warfare, sectarian violence, a US-led invasion, and now ISIS’ blitz throughout the place. Numerous observers ponder no matter whether Iraq will even be ready to endure as a solitary, coherent political unit.

Even with the movie’s aged Orientalist tone, it is still a jarring reminder that nothing at all in history is inevitable and that there was a time when even one of the world’s most problematic countries seemed like it was on a promising trajectory. 

You can view the complete movie in this article and in this article.

An previously variation of this write-up was prepared by Pierre Bienaimé and Armin Rosen.