IDFA - Nowhere to Hide

An oppressive war report by an Iraqi father and male nurse who is forced to flee when his home city is occupied by IS.

After the Americans left Iraq in 2011, a male nurse named Nori Sharif was asked to report on the state of his country, providing unique access into one of the world’s most dangerous and inaccessible areas - the “triangle of death” in central Iraq. Working in the local hospital in Jalawla, over five years he films the victims of the war. The shocking images show families torn apart, maimed and damaged by the violence in Iraq. And every day more arrive, as the conflicts continue and everyday life is disrupted by attacks over and over again.

Often it isn’t even clear who the adversaries are. But the threat level increases, and when the Iraqi army pulls out in 2013 because of militant groups, the population flees – accompanied by the majority of the hospital staff. Sharif is one of the few who remain. Even when in 2014 IS advances on Jalawla and finally takes over the city, Sharif continues to film. Then he too has to flee at a moment’s notice, to bring himself and his family to safety.

(idfa)