Why does political drama reach a major interaction in the Iraqi street? | art

Some artists and producers use indirect messages to indicate the current situation; This can be understood without going into its details, because the concept of freedom is still limited and unclear.

Baghdad The Iraqi drama career has stumbled a lot since 2003, but it has experienced a relative recovery in recent years as the private sector, including channels and artistic companies, has taken over the production of series that have received much demand and response in Iraq.

Many of these works, however, were overshadowed by the political aspect, and the stories of the struggle for power and the financial and administrative corruption that control the joints of the state have become fruitful material for the production of works that mimic this reality or it strongly criticize.

In recent Ramadan, Iraqi channels have aired a number of soap operas of a political nature. Some of them dealt with the events of the October 2019 anti-corruption protests, while others shed light on political money and its control over government decisions, and the conflict of influential parties and powers around the centers of power and authority in the country to control.

Social drama was not absent on the Iraqi screen after some “bored” of politics (Al-Jazeera)

Among the most prominent works in which politics was a major focus are the series “Watan”, which dealt with the story of a protester and his persecution by some anti-movement parties, and the series “The Deep State”, which tells stories tells of rampant corruption in state institutions and its relationship with party members, and the penetration of political money in The joints of governance in Iraq, while the series “What a Homeland Has Died” monitored cases that tell of the relationship between the citizen and politicians and the promises of power during the election campaigns.

Rola Adel: Politics occupies a large part of Iraqis' thinking, which led to political series interacting on the streets
Rola Adel: Politics covers a large part of Iraqis’ thinking and daily conversations (Al-Jazeera)

crowd reaction

Actress Rola Adel, who played one of the lead roles in the series “Watan”, says that this role brought her very close to Iraqi society, when she played the role of the wife of the hero of the series who was against the general situation argument. in the land, with all the anger, sadness, joy, and pampering that the role brought; Through the hero’s relationship with his wife, which reflected a human side full of love and tenderness; In contrast to his role with those he regards as opponents of the fatherland; she said.

Rola adds Al Jazeera Net that politics covers a large part of Iraqis’ thinking and their daily dialogues, dealing with corruption and its impact on public life, which has led to the series reaching major interactions in the Iraqi street, especially with modern technologies in his filming and directing, and “which included action and romantic scenes.” And imagination, which made the viewer interact with it very late and wait for it to be shown daily.

She points out that the competition between the various Iraqi works this season will push for a more robust and soothing production, in terms of screenplays, screenplay, production and directing, in addition to the emergence of new faces that will be more acceptable and influential; Inside and outside Iraq in the coming years.

Haider Al-Nuaimi: Most of the political series have specific agendas behind them
Al-Nuaimi: Most of the political series have certain agendas behind them, and they are meant to be “blackmail” (Al-Jazeera)

The ceiling of freedom and “agendas”

But what is being said about the high ceiling of freedom in dealing with politics and public affairs in Iraq is not a matter that has been agreed upon, as in recent years cases of assault, lawsuits and protests against artists or series have been seen. accused of insulting certain parties or “distorting the image” of some personalities, forcing writers and producers Institutions that produced dramatic works to “run across a field of mines,” according to art critic Haider Al-Nuaimi.

Al-Nuaimi believes that the Iraqi reality is full of political and security events that make it a rich material for building drama-based stories, but most of these series “are behind certain agendas of the channel owner or the owner. of the institution, and it is meant from political blackmail; by highlighting some of the opponents of this institution, until the owner appropriates The party or the money depends on the institution’s conditions and handles it financially, so that they stop addressing or targeting it in the news and drama. ”

Al-Nuaimi points out that before 2003, Iraqis watched local dramas about the fragility of the security establishment and the criminals’ victory over it, especially in the series “Wolves of the Night.” There were works that talked about recruiting Iraqis as spies, as well as the issue of extreme poverty that harmed Iraqis during the siege.Red red stripes.

After 2003, many assumed that the ceiling of freedom had risen; However, the new works became very reluctant to criticize the clergy, and the case reached the point where the use of costumes with a sectarian dimension, such as black and white, was feared.

Also, the highlighting of the personality of any tribal elder, officer or security element appears in the play; It can provoke a lot of unrest and violent reactions; As an “insult to these personalities,” the red lines became numerous, and this emptied this freedom of its contents, according to Al-Nuaimi.

Hikmat Al-Baidani: Many writers and producers prefer not to go into the details of politics for fear of potential threats.
Al-Bidani: Many writers and producers choose not to go into the details of politics for fear of threats (Al-Jazeera)

Courts and threats

In the last four years, the risks faced by actors and workers in the artistic field have increased in response to some acts of a political nature, and there have been many cases of courtesy or threats to artists, channel owners and art production companies.

Academic and director Hikmat Al-Baidani sheds light on a problem that many artists face in Iraq today, as they sometimes have to face many risks; regardless of the channel or the manufacturer.

Al-Baydani adds Al Jazeera Net that many writers and producers prefer not to go into the details of the political works they present for fear of potential threats based on the producers’ accusation that they are targeting politicians and partisan forces, which has encouraged many channels to go to social works in recent years, In addition, the street has become more receptive and interactive with it, to a state of general boredom with politics that has plagued many.

Al-Baydani pointed out that artists and producers sometimes use indirect messages to indicate the current situation; This can be understood without going into the details of it, because the concept of freedom is still limited and unclear, as he put it.

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