Presents the true stories of three Iraqi people who endured life in a psychiatric hospital in Baghdad during the Iraq War and then were in the streets after their hospital is decimated. The film was shot in Baghdad in 2004. The Iraqi filmmaker had a camera in one hand and an AK-47 in the other. His crew was beaten and lined up to be shot by insurgents, the 14-year old boom boy was shot in the leg, and someone from the cast was kidnapped. Somehow the footage survived.
- Childhood in the Midst of Mines
Film discusses the dangers to children of land mines.
- My Country, My Country
Documentary providing an intimate portrait of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. The principal focus is Dr. Riyadh, an Iraqi medical doctor, father of six, and Sunni political candidate who is an outspoken critic of the occupation but passionate about the need to establish democracy in Iraq. As his waiting room is filled daily with patients suffering the physical and mental effects of ever-increasing violence, Dr. Riyadh struggles to understand the tragic contradiction of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and its project to spread democracy through the Middle East.
- Planting of Girls
Documentary about female circumcision in Egypt.
- Voices from El-Sayed
Documentary on the Bedouin town of El-Sayed, located in the Negev Desert of Israel. The town contains the largest percentage of deaf people in the world, in which a unique sign language has been developed, making it the most popular language in a rare society that accepts deafness as natural as life itself. El-Sayed is also an example of an "unrecognized village," neglected by the State and deprived of basic amenities such as electricity. The film focuses on Salim, father of the deaf little boy, Muhammad, who has come to the decision to dramatically change his son's fate via a cochlear implant operation. Salim's decision is evoking great conflict and threatening the village's tradition of coexistence between deaf and hearing. The film follows the one year long rehabilitation progress of Muhammad through the point of view of the deaf community of the village. The larger issue of discrimination against disabled people in a modern society is also brought to light by this film.
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