Ibraham Adnan Rasheed Alzubaidy an Iraqi-American actor and independent filmmaker was born on March 17, 1978, in Kut, Wasit Governorate, Iraq. In 2018 he graduated from California State University, Northridge/ Cinema and Television Arts/ film production and screenwriting. He fluently speaks Arabic with four different dialects: Iraqi, Syrian, Egyptian, and Gulf.
Since the first grade, Ibraham was a skillful painter. He has won numerous awards in landscape painting. However, the painting was not just a hobby, it was dealing with the colors and lighting that reflect the forms of his subjects. Also, he uses his philosophy of the unusual angles of the landscape. After his talent for painting has developed, his childhood dream has become to study at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Baghdad. However, the economic conditions did not allow him to study art. Later he studied and graduated from the Faculty of Technology as an electronic teacher in 1998.
His childhood had a significant impact on the vision and theory of his storytelling. Where he painted and narrated the events that he accompanied with a distinctive perspective and controversial.
For instance, Ibraham wrote and drew his first story after a horrific accident on his way home from school. Where it was a frightening day when he watched the Iranian fighter plane bombing a residential area on the outskirts of the city of Kut in southern Iraq. The little schoolboy ran away hiding under a truck that was parked at the end of the street near his house. He sat on the ground, looking at the rising plumes of smoke, hearing the screams of children just like he watching a horror movie. In other words, his eyes were like a film camera depicting what was happening, and his ears were like an audio recorder. That short period was one of the hardest minutes of his childhood. After the air raid ended, he remained seated, took out the sketchbook, and started drawing the story as it happened. As a consequence of this incident, he continued to draw many of the events that he witnessed.
In 1988 he created his first short story as a comic magazine titled “The Case of an Iraqi Soldier.” It was telling the story of an Iraqi soldier named Ala’a Hassan who’s returning from the battlefield during the Iran-Iraq war to find his wife had married his brother after she thought that Ala’a was killed in the battle. Although the story has taken a comedy style, it carries a lot of pain and conflict. Due to the fear of Saddam Hussein’s regime at the time, Alzubaidy could not show the story to anyone. Besides, he then began to write several short stories about the lives and suffering of children due to the regime’s wars with neighboring countries.
In 1990 he got his first camera. Where it was an opportunity to document what happened in Iraq during Saddam Hussein’s occupation of Kuwait. Ibraham captured more than 1,000 photographs documenting the feelings of the people during the Second Gulf War. Within six months he became a professional photographer. Since that moment the camera has accompanied him wherever he goes.
The years he spent in Iraq during the endless wars have given him a broad imagination to write feature films with dramatic conflict. Where he wrote several feature films that tell the stories of stars during wartime. He always focuses on American soldiers’ tournaments on the battlefields and shows the humanitarian side of American soldiers during the war. Due to his loyalty to the US military, he wrote many stories that tell American heroes in the 2003 war. Including the story of the Iraqi translator who worked with the US military, the Iraqi intelligence officer who worked with the CIA, and the Sniper who was killing the militias affiliated with Iran. Ibraham worked with the US Military in Iraq for seven years. During that time he was threatened by Iranian militias and terrorist groups. After long-suffering and a struggle for survival, he arrived in America in 2011, leaving Iraq bleeding under the oppression of militias and armed groups. The United States of America became Ibraham’s country, giving him all he wished for freedom and living in peace. Shortly, he began working with US Special Forces and the US Marines as a language and cultural and Arabic speaker. Also, he worked on several American TV series and films as a language and cultural consultant.
Today Alzubaidy carrying his childhood dreams hoping to see his films will be produced in Hollywood and see them in international cinemas.