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Usama Alshaibi


Usama Alshaibi

Usama Alshaibi
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Usama Alshaibi in Chicago.
Born (1969-11-20) November 20, 1969 (age 44)
Baghdad, Iraq

Usama Alshaibi (Arabic: أسامة الشيبي‎) (born in Baghdad, Iraq on November 20, 1969) is an Iraqi-American independent filmmaker and visual artist.[1]

Starting in early 2004, Alshaibi worked on a documentary on his homeland, and its current situation, titled Nice Bombs. The documentary is Alshaibi's first official release and was produced by Alshaibi's wife, fellow filmmaker Kristie Alshaibi, and executive produced by Studs Terkel. The documentary was funded in part by the Creative Capital Foundation and the Playboy Foundation. It premiered at the 2006 Chicago Underground Film Festival where it won the Best Documentary Feature award and had Studs Terkel and Christie Hefner introduce the screening. Nice Bombs had a theatrical release in 2007, a broadcast premiere on the Sundance Channel in March 2008 and was released on DVD on October 2009.

Usama Alshaibi is interviewed in fellow Chicagoan Studs Terkel's book Hope Dies Last.

Alshaibi is the director of two narrative feature length films, Profane and Muhammad and Jane, and more than fifty short films. He has also produced and directed numerous music videos for a variety of musicians, including Mahjongg, Panicsville and Bobby Conn. Alshaibi was the founder and Director of the Z Film Festival (2000–2005) and his short films have toured with author Jack Sargeant's underground film programs. Several of his short films, including The Amateurs, are available on the DVD Solar Anus Cinema.


Feature films

  • Profane (2011)
  • Nice Bombs (2006)
  • Muhammad and Jane (2003)

Select Short films

  • My Third Painting (2009)
  • Spoiled (2008)
  • Signal Cross Over (2007)
  • Dream of Samarra (2007)
  • Convulsion Expulsion (2004)
  • The Amateurs (2003)
  • Allahu Akbar (2003)
  • Soak (2002)
  • The Foreigner (2001)
  • Dance Habibi Dance (1999)

Select Music videos

  • Tell The Police The Truth by Mahjongg (2008)
  • King for a Day by Bobby Conn (2007)
  • Hold My Scissors by Magic is Küntmaster (2004)
  • Stabbed in the Face by Panicsville (2003)
  • Angels by Bobby Conn (2002)


Year Award Category Title Result
2011 Boston Underground Film Festival Best of Festival Profane Won
2010 Sexy International Film Festival Best International Feature Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography Profane Won
2007 Westchester Film Festival Best Documentary Film Nice Bombs Won
2006 Chicago Underground Film Festival Best Documentary Film Nice Bombs Won
2006 Chicago Underground Film Festival Made in Chicago Award Nice Bombs Won

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Usama Alshaibi Official Website
  • From Iraq to Iowa, Chicago Reader article
  • Usama Alshaibi interviewed in Studs Terkel's "Hope Dies Last"


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