Nana, George &
Me is a portrayal of one man's attempts to
make a film about semi-visible minority identities.
A 92 year-old Iraqi Jewish grandmother and a 73 year-old gay writer share their experiences with a young filmmaker in this 48 minute documentary. The result is a candid, often humorous film looking at minority identity and marginalization.
Nana, Joe Balass's grandmother, was born in 1901. An Iraqi
Jew, she lived most of her life in Baghdad, in conditions
that grew more repressive with each passing year. A symbol
of strength and character, Nana finally lives freely in
Click here to read about Nana's extraordinary life.
George Hayim is a Gay Iraqi Jewish writer who divides his
time between London, Paris, and Sydney. George has always
lived a charmed and passionate lifestyle. Simultaneously at
odds with, yet in some ways representative of, the Iraqi
Jewish diaspora, he continues to live as unabashedly as
Click here to read more about George's amazing life.
Joe Balass, the "me" in the film's title, was born in
Baghdad in 1966. He escaped from Iraq with his family at the
ripe old age of four, and eventually settled in Canada.
He has directed a number of short films and videos including: Funhouse, Caroline, Tattoo Needle Pricks, and On A Very Violet Night in the Appartements Daphne which won a Gold Apple at the NEFVF in Oakland.
Joe also works as a freelance editor, photographer and producer. At present, he is seeking a distributor and broadcast venues for Nana, George & Me, and is looking for collaborators on some new projects.
Click here to see a photo of Joe at age three, a year before he escaped from Iraq.
Contact Joe Balass at
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Last update: October 10, 2000