World Premiere: FRI, 15 March – 7 PM @ DFI / Cinemateket + Q&A



Director Maja Tschumi is available for interviews.

IMMORTALS written and directed by Maja Tschumi with co-authors Melak Madhi and Mohammed Khalili is celebrating its world premiere at CPH:DOX in the International Competition DOX:AWARD on 15th March. It will also screen at the 26th Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival in the section Open Horizon.

IMMORTALS gives us a rare and cinematic insight into the life of the young generation living in Baghdad these days. After the end of the war against IS, Iraq became a dark spot on the map and a pawn in the fight between Iran and the USA. Little is known about the country with 60 per cent of its population under the age of 25. The film accompanies a war-torn generation raising their voices and following their dreams and goals. IMMORTALS was co-written by the main protagonists, allowing them to tell their own story.


Milo, a strong-willed feminist, discovers the long-sought power to wander around freely in Baghdad by dressing in her brother’s clothes. Khalili, a young and ambitious filmmaker, realizes that his camera would be the strongest of all weapons. In the aftermath of the 2019 revolution, Milo and Khalili are the faces, the eyes, and the voices of an Iraqi youth that is relentlessly fighting for a better future. IMMORTALS is an insight into the hopes and broken dreams of a new generation that has known nothing but war since the U.S.-led occupation.

Maja Tschumi was born in 1983 in Switzerland. She lives and works in Zurich and Berlin. She is known for her intimate portraits of outsiders rebelling against various forms of psychological, social, and political oppression. Maja holds a master‘s degree in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Zurich (2013). She worked as a playwright and theater critic for various renowned Swiss theaters and completed a master‘s degree in film directing at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne (2023). She released her first feature film, ROTZLOCH, in 2022.

IMMORTALS is produced by Nadine Lüchinger, Filmgerberei Switzerland, who has been nominated with an Oscar® with the short Ala Kachuu (2022), and by Iraqi producer Mohammed Alghadhban. The film was funded by Suissimage, Zurich Film Foundation, Swiss National Television and the Corymbo Foundation.

94 min. / Switzerland, Iraq 2024 / Color


Production Company:
Filmgerberei GmbH
Gasometerstrasse 29 a/b
CH-8005 Zürich



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