Assyrian Kitchen Shares Their Story: My Beloved Enemy Documentary Series
Atorina Zomaya, 34 years old, was born in the US, but she proudly claims to belong to the Assyrian minority in Iraq. She has created a cooking show on the Web to perpetuate the traditions of her ancestors.
My Beloved Enemy - Iraqi-American Stories is an I-doc about Iraqis settled in the USA, ten years after the war broke out. Written and directed by Claire Jeantet and Fabrice Catérini. Graphic design: Contreforme. Production by Inediz.
The second Gulf War broke out in March 2003. Ten years later, few know that the conflict leads to the settlement of around 100,000 Iraqi citizens in the United States. From Boston to San Diego, this interactive documentary unveils the intimate wounds shared by former enemies and their wishes for the future.
An interactive documentary written and directed by Claire Jeantet and Fabrice Catérini
Production: Inediz Design & development: Contreforme Art direction: Noémie Oulevay Graphic designer: Cinzia Sigg Interactive developers: Sam Rossetti | Amin Ladhani Second cameraman: Thomas Bernardi Script advisor: Florent Maurin Sound design and original music: Nicolas Cadiou Voice over recording: MYU Entertainment studio (Chicago, IL) Production coordinators: Steven Dolbeau | Corentin Fauquet Translators: Maxime Poussin | Deborah Benson | Christine Buckley (France 24) Family pictures: Alejandro Villatoro | Omar Alasmar | Tony Benhan | Weam Namou Yatooma | Eman-Jajonie Daman | Ahmed Alrais | Kathy Kelly | Atorina Zomaya | Haji Samoqi | Raad Kosa | Walaa Marouki | Mark Kabban | Media partners: Sylvain Attal | Frédéric Bonnard | Marie Valla | Mathieu Bertolo | Anthony Ravera | Anne Kacki (France 24) Paul Chaine | Odile Conseil | Hamdam Mostafavi | Patricia Fernandez (Courrier International) | Fabio Lo Verso and his team (La Cité) | Sophie Dufau (Mediapart) | Guénola Pellen (France-Amérique) | Jean-Matthieu Gauthier (Epic-Stories)
A big thanks to all Iraqis and Americans who made this project happened: Susan, Ashraf and Savannah | Ayman | Salwan, Susan and their families | Rasha | Noor | Julie | Ghasaq | Zaid and Sarab | Ammar | Susan | Bashar and Jehan | Alejandro Villatoro and Tommy Hanna (aka Timz) New York: Yanar Muhammed | Maggie Martin | Laura Raymond | Franco Pagetti and the VII gallery Boston: Ahmad Al-Zubaydi and his family | Tony Behnan | Omar Haider and his family | Derek Mitchell and the International Institute of New England | Ali Taha Ernad and his family | Sharon Sanders | Ali Farouk | Luciano Paskevicius | Stephen L. Gervais | Mike Gallo | Tash Dukuly Detroit: Shamamta Hermiz Korkis | Weam Namou Yatooma and her family | Eman Jajonie-Daman and Namir M. Daman | Husam Abdulkhaleq and the ACCESS team | Lana Mini | Ronald Farida and his family | Tommy and the workers of Value Center Market | Imam Hassan Qazwini and the Islamic Center of America community | Father Anthony Kathawa and the Mother of God Church community | Ron Scott | Diane Proctor Reeder | Imam Husham Al-Husainy and the Kerbala Islamic Center community | Robert L. Smith and the Wright Museum | Joyce Wiswell | Sharon Hannawa | George and Jeffrey | Ather | Karla Atchoo | Haitam Safo | Abbas Ammar | Tejash Patel | Lisa A.Kalou | Nina Gorman-Gadson | Nagham Gammo | Martin Manna | Maan Al-Qasmetoosh | Kamel Abbo | Danton Wilson Chicago: Fatima and Takwa Hindi | Laurie Hasbrook | Ahmed Alrais and Nada Alkadar | Kathy Kelly | Atorina Zomaya and Hanni Baba | Robert Dekelaita | Jack Green and the Oriental Institute of Chicago | Anthony Giamichael | Jack C.Dopplet | Namir Al-Fadhel Las Vegas: Haji and Saifi Samoqi | Daniela Hristic, Leslie Carmine, Withney Eich and the Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada | Raad and Said Kosa and their families | Mariam Mansur and the St Barbara Church | David Hana and his family | Catrin Kareem | Daliya and John Anoya | Yuri Perez | Reemon Sarkees San Diego: Mark Kabban and the YALLA team | Walaa Marouki and his family | Enaam Husein and her family | Kayla Roberts | Entre-P (Alvin Shamoun) | Lorraine Ali | Randy Edmonds and the SCAIR team | Bruno Niestatek | Sami Jihad | Monica Zech | Haiman Albana | Mark Lewis | Andrea Pruett | Ann Thomas | Joshua Franks | Steve Mattia | Mekhaeel Thomas | Sandy Bhangoo Thanks also to: Victor Vitelli and the US consulate of Lyon | Alison Donjon and the French Alliance of Lyon | Thomas Bidari and the Iraqi community of Lyon | Emmanuelle Vincent | Cyril Peyramond | Jacob Khrist | Muriel Barra and Denis Vincenti | Réjane and Gismonde Fauqet | Charity Tooze and Lili Tnaïb (UNHCR Washington) | Matt Howard | Gabriel Karlsson | Les rencontres de Lussas | Jean-François Leroy and Delphine Lelu (Visa pour l’Image) | Emmanuelle Stevan (Théâtre St-Gervais) | Our friends and family
With the support of the National Center of Cinematography and the moving image (CNC) and the Rhône-Alpes region
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\ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)
1: an ancient empire of Ashur
2: a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern
Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)
a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of
its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender
4: a democratic state that believes in the freedom of
religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the
principles of the United Nations Charter —
Ethnicity, Religion, Language
Israeli, Jewish, Hebrew
Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
\ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)
1: descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur
2: the Assyrians, although representing but one single
nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now
doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle
ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding
hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the
East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.
These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the
Christian Era. No one can coherently understand the Assyrians
as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church
from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly
difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for
in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control,
religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a
criterion of nationality.
the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya,
Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean,
Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu,
Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye,
Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. —
1: a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of
the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.
2: has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical
Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.