Manchester Jewish Museum

A graphic memoir
The Wolf of Baghdad



Our synagogue


£6 full, £5 concessions

The Wolf of Baghdad – memoir of a lost homeland
Artwork & animation by Carol Isaacs/The Surreal McCoy
Music by 3yin


Carol Isaacs (AKA The Surreal McCoy) presents her animated graphic novel memoir of a Jewish family’s memories of their lost homeland.

In the 1940’s, a third of Baghdad’s population was Jewish. Within a decade nearly all of Iraq’s 150,000 Jews had fled. Of those remaining, most escaped in the 1970’s or were killed. Today fewer than half a dozen remain.

The Wolf of Baghdad is a graphic memoir of a lost homeland, a wordless narrative by an author homesick for a home she has never visited. Carol Isaac’s book now jumps to life panel by panel as a motion comic (animated slideshow) with its own soundtrack of Judeo-Arabic and Iraqi music recorded by ground-breaking band 3yin.

A unique audio-visual journey through a Jewish family’s memories of their lost Iraqi homeland and the little-known story of Iraqi Jews.

“The Wolf of Baghdad is a ‘tour de force’ – the moving story of the destruction of a community seen through the eyes of an Iraqi Jew – and a wolf. The most exciting animated audio-visual experience since ‘Persepolis’.” Lyn Julius, Harif

“It’s a brilliant and truly transporting piece of work” Mekella Broomberg, JW3


What you need to know

The film is PG rated and contains some violent imagery.

Please note that seating for this event will not be socially distanced. We ask that audiences wear a facemask during the event.

Doors Open from 6pm, performance 7pm – 8.20pm including post show Q&A. There will be an opportunity to purchase signed copies of Carol Isaac’s The Wolf of Baghdad after the show.

The bar will be selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks before and after the event.

The synagogue has dedicated seating areas for wheelchair users, please do contact the box office ahead of the event to arrange on


About Carol Isaacs

Carol Isaacs is a keyboard player and accordionist in the pop and world music fields.

Also known as cartoonist The Surreal McCoy Carol drew The Wolf of Baghdad graphic memoir based on her family’s recollections, turning it into a motion comic with music. She plays the Arabic accordion on the soundtrack.

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