Thursday, January 24, 2008


It's official. The NY Times announced today that the movie based on Salam Pax's book, Salam Pax: The Clandestine Diary of an Ordinary Iraqi, published October 2003, is in development. The title: BAGHDAD BLOG. This is a working title and is subject to change.

Welsh director Marc Evans (SNOW CAKE) is onboard as director. Ross Klavan (GRACE IS GONE) has written, or is writing, the screenplay, the country of origin is the UK. The production companies listed are Intermedia Films, and FilmFour Lab. I'm not sure if this Intermedia is based in Nottingham, England, or Beverly Hills, and I'm not sure that FilmFour Lab is back in business. I am checking.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Salam Pax Posts?

I found a reference to a post by Salam Pax 20 December 2007. I found it on Munir Umrani's THE BLOGGING JOURNALIST. The article is posted on IRAQ ONLINE - (EDITORIAL / OPINION) - Salam Pax, Niqash, 20 December 2007.

I found the following about Niqash in a comment posted 17 July 2005:

" 'Thoughts on Syrian politics, history and religion.' An interesting new civil society experiment is running on the web called Niqash. . . . Matthias Klein, is editor of the English section. A space for Iraqis."

Is it genuine? Can't say.

Also, I have posted Salam's "Photopage" from 2003. See the link on the left sidebar.