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Oday Rasheed (Born: June 17, 1973 in Baghdad, Iraq) is an Iraqi film director and writer. He studied at the Institute for Electrical Science as well as the Faculty of Applicable Arts in Baghdad, both of which he quit early to dedicate himself to cinema. For a while he worked as freelance writer, writing essays and film reviews in Baghdad. In 1998 he began to study film at the Faculty of Fine Arts, however, he soon quit his film studies due to the propagandistic nature of the school as well as the low standards of quality. Afterward and until the American invasion he wrote and directed numerous short films and was part of the artistic collective known as Najeen (the survivors).



Oday Rasheed's first feature film, a docufiction called Underexposure (2005), was shot on expired Kodak film that was bought back from looters in the early days of the American occupation. Underexposure was produced by Enlil Film and Arts, with Production Designer Majed Rasheed and Executive Producer Furat Al Jamil. Filming began in November 2003 with money that the crew raised by selling their own possessions. Underexposure was the first movie to be filmed in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein and the first Iraqi film in over a decade to not be censored by the Baath party. Filming was finished in April 2004 and Underexposure was released in June 2005 after post-production was completed in Berlin, Germany, with co-producers Tom Tykwer and Maria Kopf of X Filme Creative Pool. Underexposure was shown in film festivals around the world, including The Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands 2005, World Premiere), the Febio Festival (Czech Reupblic 2005), Arab Film Festival Japan (2005), Singapore International Film Festival (2005), Arab Film Festival (Netherlands 2005), Durban International Film Festival (South Africa 2005), Munich Film Festival (Germany 2005), Osians Cinefan Asian Film Festival (India 2005), Alexandria International Film Festival (Egypt 2005), La Mostra de Valencia (Spain 2005). Additionally, Rasheed received numerous awards for his work on Underexposure, including Best Film in the Singapore International Film Festival in 2005.


In 2009 Rasheed finished filming his second feature film, Qarantina, which was scheduled to be shown in 2009 and 2010 at the Dubai International Film Festival and the Rotterdam Film Festival. Qarantina was one of 37 projects in 2009 to be selected for financing from the Hubert Bals Fund in Holland. Qarantina is the story of a paid assassin in Baghdad who shares run-down housing with a poor family.


As Director:

  • 1997 Mud Whiteness (experimental short film, video)
  • 1998 Another Introduction (experimental short film, video)
  • 1999 The Introduction (short film, video)
  • 2002 Gilgamesh: The Epic... The Place (documentary, video)
  • 2003 A Night... before the Thousand (choreographic short film, video)
  • 2005 Underexposure (feature film)
  • 2010 Qarantina (feature film, in post production)


  • 1997/1998 Our Town's Workshop (TV Series)
  • 1998 Document 12 (TV Film)
  • 2002 Once In Babylon
  • 2004 Underexposure
  • 2010 Qarantina


  • Best Film Award, 18th Singapore International Film Festival 2005 (Underexposure)
  • Golden Hawk (Best Feature Film), 5th Arab Film Festival, The Netherlands, 2005 (Underexposure)
  • Best Script, Wahran International Film Festival, Algeria 2007 (Underexposure)


External links

IMDB - Oday Rasheed

Sydney Arab Film Festival - Film Makers - Oday Rasheed

Sydney Arab Film Festival - Films - Underexposure - Blinking Incredulously At the Sun - Liebesbriefe an Baghdad

LA Weekly - Lights ... Camera ... Hit the Dirt!

X-Filme - Underexposure

Dubai Film Festival Line-up Announcement

CNN Article with Mention of Qarantina at Rotterdam International Film Festival

Hubert Bals Fund

Variety Magazine article on Dubai Film Festival



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