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Baghdad: Drifting and Dancing Amid Strife


In a country plagued by conflict and poverty, it's difficult - if not impossible - for sports and the arts to thrive. But in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, some individuals are pursuing their passions even in the midst of strife, and consider them a form of escape.

 

CGTN's Stephanie Freid tells the story of Iraqi drifters and fans who spend their Fridays in Baghdad's empty parking lots to experience the thrill of the motorsport and momentarily forget the violence that too frequently rocks the city. At Baghdad's only formal school for music and ballet, she meets a young man who continues to dance ballet despite the threats to his life.

 

Even as they face troubled and uncertain times, many Iraqis have not lost the will to chase their dreams.

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Baghdad: Drifting and Dancing Amid Strife


In a country plagued by conflict and poverty, it's difficult - if not impossible - for sports and the arts to thrive. But in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, some individuals are pursuing their passions even in the midst of strife, and consider them a form of escape.

 

CGTN's Stephanie Freid tells the story of Iraqi drifters and fans who spend their Fridays in Baghdad's empty parking lots to experience the thrill of the motorsport and momentarily forget the violence that too frequently rocks the city. At Baghdad's only formal school for music and ballet, she meets a young man who continues to dance ballet despite the threats to his life.

 

Even as they face troubled and uncertain times, many Iraqis have not lost the will to chase their dreams.

 

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Baghdad: drifting and dancing amid strife CREDITS

Director/Writer/Correspondent: Stephanie Freid
Camera: Yad Deen
Editor: Ilan Wechsler
Field Producer: Latif Habib