EN - Dance With a Bullet is a documentary film spanning more than 10 years that tells two intertwined stories: that of Dhyaa Joda, then a 23-year-old Iraqi filmmaker; and that of Anmar Taha, then a 19-year-old Iraqi dancer who had been his best friend. In 2004, Anmar was shot in Baghdad. As a result, in fear for his life, he fled Iraq - as did Dhyaa. Since then, over the course of many years and in several countries, the filmmaker has continued to document the dancer.

Through the stories of these two artists who struggle to find their place as emigrants abroad, the film reveals how the cultural activity of such artists both inside and outside of Iraq has become increasingly vital in the last decade, facing new dilemmas as the society becomes violently divided and the country starts to fragment.


Title Dance With a Bullet
Original title Dance with a Bullet
Status In production
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2017


Technical specs


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)

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Last edited on 1 March 2017

Short info

Director Dhyaa Khaled Joda
Producers Maarten Schmidt
Writers Dhyaa Khaled Joda

Maarten Schmidt
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