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Biography of an Iraqi creator

Muhammad Shukri Jamil


 - Iraqi director and editor, born in Baghdad 1937.

He studied cinema at the Higher Film Institute – UK. He began his profession in 1953 as a Photographer and Monterrey by producing documentary films for the Iraq Petroleum Company.
He worked in some international films such as (Rat Hunting) by Paul Rutha, and (Fox Eye in Desert). 

He returned to Iraq and participated the director Gerges Yousif Hamad in directing the film entitled (Abu Haila) in 1963, and he worked in editing the historical film (Nebuchadnezzar) directed by Kamel Al-Azzawi, which was the first colored Iraqi film. He directed the film (Shayef Kheir) in 1968.

He directed the film "The Thirsty" in 1973 that was based on the novel of the Iraqi writer Abdul Razzaq Al-Muttalabi that told the story of thirst and backwardness that ruled Iraq.

He directed his famous film (The Walls) in 1979, which was about the Iraqi struggle and supporting the Egyptian people in facing the triple aggression after nationalizing Suez Canal in 1956, and the outbreak of the uprising occurred in Iraq in 1956.

 In 1982, he directed the film called (The Big Case) in which   foreign and international actors contributed, like Oliver Reed.  "The Big Case" was considered one of the largest productions of Iraqi cinema. It was about Iraqis' struggle against British occupation and about the revolution of the Twentieth.

In 1982 he directed the film named (Mission Continues). It was the first narrative film about the war between Iraq and Iran. He   mixed the film with a real event of an Iraqi pilot who lost his plane during a mission on enemy's territories and started to find his way back to homeland. Later, he directed many films such as: The knight and mountain – Iraqi Wedding – The Game – The mission continues – King Ghazi.