Nowhere To Hide (2016)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  

Norway/Sweden/Iraq, 2016.  .  Screenplay by Zaradasht Ahmed.  Cinematography by Zaradasht Ahmed.  Produced by .  Film Editing by .  

In a part of Iraq commonly referred to as the “triangle of death”, a doctor does his best to administer what help he can offer a population constantly at the centre of conflict, whether it’s the American invasion of the last decade or ISIS interfering in the current one.  Nori Sharif has a wife and children and devotes himself to the care of his fellow citizens, but eventually he too must flee his home in Jalawla when it becomes impossible to keep himself and his loved ones safe.  Devastating footage of trauma and suffering is counterbalanced by the humanity of the man who has devoted himself to helping people out in a situation that seems hopeless to the outside observer.  Director Zaradasht Ahmed doesn’t quite explain his method of filming most of what you see here (he says he gave Sharif a camera but I don’t know who is holding it when the doctor is on screen), but there’s a lot of information that is enlightening and upsetting.  Scenes of brutality are about as hard to endure as shots of an abandoned city and the doctor’s heartbreak over his destroyed hospital.

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