Ahmed Moneka was born in Baghdad, Iraq. In 2011, Ahmed starred in the short file THE SOCIETY, which screened at Cannes, Berlinale, and the Toronto International Film Festival. THE SOCIETY 2015 deals with issues of homosexuality in Iraq, and for this Ahmed received threats and was unable to return to Iraq. He remained in Toronto and is now working to become a Canadian citizen. His current projects include performing vocals and drums with a multicultural folk band, Mosquitto Bar, with French accordionist Tangi Ropars and Ukranian cimbalon player Yura Rafalui, and he is also conducting a series of workshops in Toronto on traditional Iraqi music, called "The Moneka Monologues".