Norway / Sweden / Iraq 2016, 86 min, Arabic, Hebrew & English subtitles
Three years ago, when the Americans left Iraq, Nori Sharif wasn’t alone in thinking that a new era of independence was beginning. After eight years of occupation, optimism was at its peak, and Sharif turned the little camera he was given to his home and four children. The dedicated paramedic thought he had seen the worst. However, the hospital at Jalawla, a village in Iraq’s Triangle of Death, started receiving the casualties of a war whose “symptoms are grave, but its source is unknown”. ISIL’s takeover of the area creates a new, inescapable nightmare. Nori films the harrowing scenes up close, with an unflinching emotional involvement, until he himself is forced to become a refugee. Winner of the prestigious first prize at IDFA.
Previous Festivals: IDFA, CPH: DOX
Production: Munthe-kaas, Mette Cheng
Production Company: Ten Thousand Images
Editing: Eva Hillstöm
Cinematography: Nori Sharif, Zaradasht Ahmed
Soundtrack: Rune Hansen
Music: Gaute Barlindhaug, Ciwan Haco
Director and Photographer Zaradasht Ahmed is a Kurdish/Norwegian Filmmaker. He was born and raised in Northern Iraq. His previous work includes the award-winning “Road to Diyarbakir”, and he has many years of experience working with documentary filmmaking in the Middle East, North-Africa, and Asia, as well as training local people in documentation. His latest film on the topic of illegal immigration to Europe (for SVT Swedish Television) – “Fata Morgana”, has been screened at several prestigious Film festivals.