Nowhere to Hide

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Norway | 2016 | 85 minutes | Zaradasht Ahmed

Filmed over a five-year period, an Iraqi medic keeps an intimate chronicle of the turbulent daily life for residents in the dangerous "triangle of death," turning the camera on his own family when they are forced to flee their home city due to approaching ISIS forces.

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When Nowhere to Hide took top honors at IDFA, the largest documentary film festival in the world, the jury statement read in part, "There are those films which are wonderful to see and there are films that the world needs to see. The film we [chose] is both of these things. The experience was immersive and left us deeply touched. The director respected the unique perspective that only the subject could have and in doing so he gave us an unprecedented window into the real-life lasting consequences of war." This first-hand account was filmed over four turbulent years following the American retreat from Iraq in 2011 by an Iraqi nurse named Nori Sharif working in a hospital in Jalawla, in the Diyala province. Using a small video camera given to him by director Zaradasht Ahmed, Sharif documented his daily life and those of his colleagues and patients, until he and his family were themselves forced to flee by the arrival of ISIS in 2014. While the film may not explain the internecine political realities, which remain murky even to the people on the ground, it will make the moral urgency of the refugee crisis crystal-clear.

Director Biography

Zaradasht Ahmed is a Kurdish/Norwegian Filmmaker. 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 films include The Road to Diyarbakir, Fata Morgana, and Nowhere to Hide. 

Sponsored by The Seattle Times

  • Director: Zaradasht Ahmed
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Norway, Sweden
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 85 minutes
  • Producer: Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas, Hans Husum, Stina Gardell
  • Screenplay: Zaradasht Ahmed
  • Cinematographers: Nori Sharif, Zaradasht Ahmed
  • Editors: Eva Hillstrom
  • Music: Jiwan Haco, Gaute Barlindhaug
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2016 (Best Feature-Length Documentary)
  • Language: Arabic
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: East Village Entertainment