The Wolf of Baghdad to premiere at Manchester's Jewish Museum

The UK city of Manchester is home to around 20.000 Iraqi's and is also home to countless other's who share a joint British-Iraqi heritage. This backdrop provides the ideal setting for the upcoming premiere of The Wolf of Baghdad, the animated film, which is adapted from the graphic novel of the same title by artist and musician Carol Isaacs. 

In the 1940’s, a third of Baghdad’s population was Jewish. Within a decade nearly all of Iraq’s 150,000 Jews had fled. The Wolf of Baghdad is a graphic memoir of a lost homeland and a wordless narrative for a home never visited, with its own soundtrack of Judeo-Arabic and Iraqi music recorded by the ground-breaking band 3yin

The Wolf of Baghdad is a unique audio-visual journey through a Jewish family’s memories of their lost Iraqi homeland and speaks to audiences about the little-known story of Iraqi Jews. This music based and visual narrative is illuminated by the words and portraits of Carol Isaac's own family, whose stories provide a fascinating insight into the experiences of Baghdadi Jews.


From the Manchester Jewish Museum, get prepared to be transported from Carol Isaac's current home in London, to her ancestral home in the old Jewish quarter of Baghdad. Audiences will encounter ghost-like inhabitants and will get to explore Baghdad through their memories. People will also get to see successful integration and vibrant cross-cultural cohesion. 

The setting of this journey will take place within the Manchester Jewish Museum, which was also the first Sephardi synagogue in the city. It opened its doors as a place of worship in 1874 and due to the changing demographics of the city's Jewish community, the Manchester Jewish Museum first opened in 1982. The museum was recently relaunched after a multi-million pound renovation and extension of its exhibits. 

The Wolf of Baghdad will be shown on Thursday 4 November, 7pm, at the Manchester Jewish Museum, 190 Cheetham Hill Rd, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M8 8LW. Tickets cost £6.00 or £5.00 concession. You can purchase tickets online and signed copies of The Wolf of Baghdad book will also be available to buy.

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