City Opera Vancouver has received US$100,000 to finance a documentary film about its new chamber opera which explores the tragedy of the Iraq War.
The U.S.-based Annenberg Foundation has provided the grant for the film about the making of the opera “Fallujah”, City Opera announced today (July 9).
The opera was inspired by the experiences of former U.S. Marine Christian Ellis, who took part in the invasion of Fallujah, Iraq in 2004.
“We are thrilled to receive this support,” City Opera president Nora Kelly said in a news release. “It will tell the story of how this remarkable opera came into being, and why.”
Last year, the Annenberg Foundation, a private philanthropic organization, also provided City Opera with a US$250,000 commissioning grant for “Falluja”.
Explore.org, a philanthropic media group affiliated with the Annenberg Foundation, is behind the Fallujah project and will distribute the documentary film online.
The film is expected to be available online in early September. A trailer is now available at http://explore.org/#!/videos/player/fallujah-trailer.
City Opera Vancouver is a professional company whose other commissions include the Margaret Atwood opera “Pauline” and “Brokeback Mountain” based on the Annie Proulx short story.