The True Story of the Baghdad Country Club

How exactly does one decide to open a bar in Baghdad at the height of the Iraq war? Joshuah Bearman's "Baghdad Country Club" is a stranger-than-fiction story that begins with a chance conversation between two guys stranded in the Baghdad airport. Here, the tale comes to life through animation by Colleen Cox and sound design by Pat Walters

Baghdad Country Club was produced by The Atavist, a publishing house for nonfiction stories distributed digitally. Read an excerpt from the story in "What It Takes to Open a Bar in Baghdad," and buy the full story on The Atavist's site.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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