Artist Projects

Nice Bombs

Usama Alshaibi

Nice Bombs chronicles a return visit by the filmmaker and his father to their homeland of Iraq after living in exile in the United States for 24 years. In January 2004, the two traveled from Chicago to Baghdad, interviewing family members, friends and former neighbors for this film. The finished work is an examination of the filmmaker’s place in Iraq after being away and the voices, gestures and faces of his Iraqi family and friends. Inspired by writer Studs Terkel, filmmaker Robb Moss and Internet diarist Salaam Pax, Nice Bombs is diaristic, a home-movie that expresses the culture, customs and complex politics of Iraqis in a post-Saddam era, with the United States occupation in the background.

Project Updates

  • 2006: Nice Bombs has world premiere at the Chicago Underground Film Festival

  • 2007: Nice Bombs has New York premiere at the New York Underground Film Festival

  • 2007: Nice Bombs is screened at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater in New York

  • 2008: Nice Bombs has its broadcast premiere on the Sundance Channel