DIGGING TO THE PAST

By Isabelle STEAD

HUMAN FILM - as PROD

Documentary - Development 2011

An elderly woman testifies against Saddam in hope of getting answers.

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • IRAQ, UNITED KINGDOM, NETHERLANDS
    • Languages
    • ARABIC
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Director(s)
    • Isabelle STEAD
    • Writer(s)
    • Isabelle STEAD
    • Producer(s)
    • Mohamed AL-DARADJI (HUMAN FILM NL), Atia AL-DARADJI (IRAQ AL-RAFIDAIN), Isabelle STEAD (HUMAN FILM)
    • Synopsis
    • Baghdad, courtroom: decades of Iraq’s hidden horrors are finally being unearthed as Shehzad, an elderly Kurdish-Iraqi woman recounts her emotional tale from behind a vieled curtain, shielded from the accused, brutal dictator, Saddam Hussein
      As Shezhad goes in search of the truth a host of troubled characters, each with an incredible story to tell: Kaka Salleh, an old Iranian, refugee, alcoholic living rough on the streets of Kurdistan; Zakarya, a 24-year-old man physically and mentally maimed by a bomb explosion in his youth; Sara, a ten-year-old homeless girl that lives on the streets with her mother searching daily for a new home; Razak, a gentle farmer and former Republican Guard battling with guilt and in search of forgiveness and Bassim, a mass grave survivor who is fighting for the bitter truth of his past to be recognised.
      As these stories collide on a healing journey across a troubled land, forgiveness may be Shehzad only salvation.
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