From the Ferris wheel, you can see the whole of Duhok, a city in the north of Iraq. Below us, the cheerful lights of the amusement park twinkle and the countless families with ice creams, popcorn and cans of soft drink look like teeming ants. This movie portrays several visitors of the theme park Dream City, who talk about their life in Iraq. Stories about fear, the role of ethnicity and religion, hate and violence, but also stories about the future, dreams, courage and hope. This series of portraits paints a probing, surreal picture of a country and a population that is completely torn apart. Majid - a tourist from the violent city of Mosul - confides to us in the playground of Dream City: 'It is our fate as Iraqis, to live in misery. I can't remember ever really laughing. I envy those people who can really laugh.' Dream City - Iraq is a film in which elements of music and popular culture are used to explore the possibilities of the genre of documentary filmmaking in this new century. The stories of Iraqi's daily lives are accompanied by the intense music of the Dutch composer Ralph Mulder (Alamo Race Track & Ghosttrucker), put together in a dreamy collage in which 'just a day in the park' floats by as if it were anywhere on the world.
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