release date October 12 2022
THE WOODMAN Joins The Arabisches Film Festival in Germany
Feature film THE WOODMAN, directed by Koutaiba Al-Janabi, will be screened at the Arabisches Film Festival in Berlin, which runs from October 6th to 15th. The screening will take place on Wednesday, October 12th at 7.30 p.m. at Stuttgart's Theater am Olgaeck.
Previously, THE WOODMAN was featured at the International Filmmaker Festival of New York and garnered the Bronze Award in the Narrative Films category at the Seville Independent Film Festival. 
Furthermore, The film project received the Jury Prize at Cairo Film Connection (CFC) and was funded by Doha Film Institute.
The plot, which is more of a fantasy, revolves around a human-sized wooden doll that is forced to flee its homeland. Its fate cross-path with several characters to reveal a true picture from the hearts and minds of all those compelled to flee their homelands.
Written, directed, produced, and shot by Koutaiba Al-Janabi, THE WOODMAN stars Hanna Heffner, and Mihaly Palko, along with THE WOODMAN, while Hugh Williams edited the film, Rana Eid managed the sound, and Nadim Mishlawi composed the music. The Iraqi Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Antiquities supported the film. MAD Solutions manages the distribution of film in the Arab world. The film project received the Jury Prize at Cairo Film Connection (CFC) and was funded by Doha Film Institute.
Koutaiba Al-Janabi, who was born in Baghdad and studied photography and cinematography in Budapest, Hungary, has worked as a producer and director in several TV shows. Moreover, he was a cinematographer in feature films. Koutaiba directs and produces short films, and documentaries including THE TRAIN, WASTELAND, and THE EVER RESTLESS MAN. He worked on several feature films such as LEAVING BAGHDAD and received multiple accolades, including first place at the Dubai International Film Festival and the British Independent Film Award. It was also nominated for a Cinema for Peace Award in Berlin and was lately screened at New York's Museum of Modern Art. 
Koutaiba Al-Janabi also directed the multi-award-winning feature documentary STORIES OF PASSERS THROUGH, which was shot over 30 years and was featured in several prestigious international festivals worldwide. THE WOODMAN is his recent film.