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"Odyssey" is very personal film, one that recounts the story of the filmmaker's family.Like the other families in Iraq's 4 to 5-million-strong refugee community, distance and alien surroundings strained cohesion and national identity.Two versions of the film exist.Released in 3-D, the English-language version can be annoying – because the English tends to make the organic exchanges among family members seem wooden, while the aesthetic and practical utility of the 3-D component remains unclear. Samir has 17 directorial credits (and rather more production credits) to his name but much of his international reputation rests upon his 2002 documentary "Forget Baghdad".That film recounts the stories of four Iraqi Jewish intellectuals who – caught in the dust storm of anti-Jewish feeling swept up in the wake of the Nakba – were forced to migrate to Israel. Because the Dins had been an integral part of the country's political life for some decades before they went into exile, "Odyssey" is effectively a history of Iraq projected through the prism of family.
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