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Nowhere To Hide

Nowhere to Hide


Nowhere to Hide is an immersive and uncompromising first-hand reflection of the resilience and fortitude of a male nurse working and raising his children in Jalawla, Iraq, an increasingly dangerous and inaccessible part of the world. Immediately after US troops left Iraq in 2011, director Zaradasht Ahmed gave Nori Sharif a camera and taught him how to use it, asking him to capture the reality of life in his community and the hospital where he worked. For the next five years Nori filmed life around him, but the population— including the majority of the hospital staff—flees when the Iraqi army pulls out in 2013 because of militant activity. Sharif is one of the few who remain. When the militias and the Islamic State advance on Jalawla in 2014 and finally take over the city, Sharif continues to film. However, he now faces a vital decision: stay and dedicate himself to treating those he vowed to help, or leave and protect his family—in the process becoming one of thousands of internally displaced people in Iraq. Learn more.

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Eight Awards thus far: 
Best Feature Length Documentary (top prize at its world premiere) - IDFA 2016  
Audience Award International Selection - Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2017
Best Film Award International Competition - One World Film Festival 2017
Best Feature Length Documentary - Dokfilm, Norway 2017
Best Film Main Competition - Dok.international DokFest München 2017
Special Jury Award - Nordic/Docs 2017
Best Documentary - Berkshire International Film Festival 2017
Nestor Almendros Award - Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2017


"There are those films, which are wonderful to see and there are films that the world needs to see. The film we choose is both of those 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 consequence of war." - IDFA Jury Statement

"Maybe the most disturbing aspect of watching Nowhere to Hide, Zaradasht Ahmed’s sickeningly gripping portrait of a male nurse in Iraq, is accepting how close we are to the point where empathy itself has become collateral damage... the resulting diary of perseverance and suffering has a raw immediacy that’s both appropriate and involving." - Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times (Critics' Pick)

"Zaradascht Ahmed’s ‘Nowhere to Hide’ Takes Top Prize at IDFA… An insider’s account of the hellish aftermath of the Iraq war charts the path to today’s unsettled world." - Damon Wise, Variety

"Nowhere to Hide should be required viewing for anyone with an opinion about the refugee crisis." - Screen Daily

"Sharif’s compassionate and poetic documentation, told with unflinching honesty, presents a humanistic portrait of a troubled people very different from the news images broadcast around the world in the last few decades." - Modern Times

"Shattered bodies prove easier to fix than broken countries in Zaradascht Ahmed’s Nowhere to Hide, a first-person immersion in four turbulent years in the life of an Iraqi medic." - The Hollywood Reporter

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Director/Cinematographer/Writer: Zaradascht Ahmed
Producer: Mette Cheng Munthe-Kass for Ten Thousand Images - Norway
Co-Producers: Mataray Film – Sweden, Pasaremos AS – Norway
Additional Cinematography: Nori Sharif    Editor: Eva Hillström     Music: Ciwan Harco, Gaute Barlindhaug

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