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Interview with the filmmakers of “Saving the Iraqi Jewish Archives”

Carole Basri is a visiting professor at Peking University School of Transnational Law since 2011, and a visiting professor at Pericles Law School since 2014. At Fordham University Law School she was an adjunct professor from 2010 to 2018 and she started the Fordham Corporate Compliance Certificate Program in 2013 and she help create at Fordham Law School the first LLM in Corporate Compliance at a U.S. law school, which was launched in 2014 with ABA approval. Ms. Basri created the Corporate Lawyering Group LLC Corporate Compliance Certificate Program in São Paulo, Brazil, where the sixth workshop was held from April 1st to 6th, 2019. In 2003, Ms. Basri was a member of the US State Department’s “Future of Iraq” Project.

From July 2003 until July 2004, she was a member for the Coalition Provisional Authority, with the Iraqi Reconstruction Development Council (IRDC) for Ambassador Bremer in Baghdad. She worked extensively on doing business, anti-corruption, and transparency issues in Iraq. Ms. Basri is also a documentary film producer and her films have been shown at film festivals and PBS. She produced a documentary on hemophiliacs in Iraq who got AIDS through tainted blood parts. She has advised, on a pro bono basis, a preparatory PBS production of Saddam’s trial. She has been a commentator on the Iraqi elections and its constitution for MSNBC, CNN, FOX and Al Iraqiya TV.

Adriana Davis is a Filmmaker, Director, Producer, Editor, Writer, Voice-Over Artist & Coach, since 1991. She is the founder of D-Squared Media, a full-service production company based in New York City with corporate and film clients. Ms. Davis is the, co-director, producer, co-writer and editor of an acclaimed quartet of documentaries about Iraq’s Jewish community and history: The Life of Frankly Iny (1999), Searching for Baghdad (2002), The Last Jews of Baghdad (2005), and Saving the Iraqi Jewish Archives (2020).

The films have screened at over 80 premiere film festivals in the US, Canada, Israel and Europe and was featured on Jewish Life TV (JLTV) and PBS (MetroArts 13).In addition to documentaries, Ms. Davis has produced several narrative films and is currently in production on two new documentaries: A Grand Idea memorializes one man’s quest to mount a Broadway production of his own Yiddish version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance and What’s for Lunch, profiling the struggles of the NY City school lunch program. http://iraqijewisharchives.org/