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Iraq Medic life as refugee in new film “Nowhere to Hide” July 14

July 14, 2017

"Nowhere to Hide" with Nori-in-ambulance. Courtesy of The 2050 Group media
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Iraq Medic life as refugee in new film “Nowhere to Hide” July 14, Chicago

“Nowhere to Hide,” one of the year’s most Acclaimed Documentaries, opens in U.S. Movie Theaters starting this Friday, June 23. About the Life of an Iraqi Medic-Turned-Refugee: the will to build is always stronger than the desire to destroy.

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– In Association With Ryan Bruce Levey Film Distribution –

Fifteen years after the US-led invasion of Iraq the country continues to dominate the headlines with stories of sectarian violence, bombings, kidnappings, corruption and dire poverty, human displacement and a massive refugee crisis.

Institutions and infrastructures are breaking down, and the de-stabilization of the region continues to reach new areas. The country has become a breeding ground for new and diverging religious, ethnic and political conflicts that also spreads far beyond the Arabian Peninsula. A lot of land is now in the Islamic state’s (IS) hands; a seemingly undefined army of international jihadist, mercenaries, ex-military and clans that don’t seem to have any greater common long-term strategy than power and influence.

During the first years after the US invasion a war pattern was obvious: that being between the occupier and the opposition forces. But in 2006-8 there was a change in character; ethnic sectarianism flared up and the violence became increasingly unpredictable and random. Families, tribes and communities were divided, and it became difficult to distinguish friend from foe. How can one give a truthful picture of this state of war when the areas are forbidden “no-go”-zones, and the survivors are without a voice? By training and directing Nori Sharif to film his surrounding, this has become a possibility.

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"Nowhere to Hide" with Nori-in-ambulance. Courtesy of The 2050 Group media

“Nowhere to Hide” with Nori-in-ambulance. Courtesy of The 2050 Group media


“Shattered bodies prove easier to fix than broken countries in Zaradasht. Ahmed’s Nowhere to Hide, a first-person immersion in [five] turbulent years in the life of an Iraqi medic.” — The Hollywood Reporter

“Nowhere To Hide should be required viewing for anyone with an opinion about the refugee crisis.” — Screen Daily

“Zaradasht 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.” — Variety

“Compassionate and poetic documentary, told with unflinching honesty.” — Modern Times Review

WINNER (NEW) – 2017 Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking at Human Rights Watch Film Festival New York
WINNER (NEW) – Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature at Berkshire International Film Festival
WINNER –  Best Feature Documentary at IDFA
WINNER – Best Documentary at One World Human Rights Film Festival
WINNER – Audience Award at Thessaloniki International FF
WINNER –  Best Feature Documentary at DokFilm

"Nowhere to Hide" Saad at IDP school. Courtesy of The 2050 Group media

“Nowhere to Hide” Saad at IDP school. Courtesy of The 2050 Group media


Opens Friday, June 23 at Village East Cinema – New York City

Opens Friday, June 30 at Laemmle Music – Los Angeles

Opens Friday, June 30 at The Roxie – San Francisco

Opens Friday, June 30 at Carlton Cinemas – Toronto

Opens Friday, June 30 at Vancity Theatre – Vancouver

Opens Friday, July 7 at Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market – Washington, DC

Opens Friday, July 14 at Facets Cinematheque – Chicago

"Nowhere to Hide" wedding scene. Courtesy of The 2050 Group media

“Nowhere to Hide” wedding scene. Courtesy of The 2050 Group media

Filmmaker Zaradasht Ahmed, who started a new life 20 years ago as an Iraqi (Kurdish) refugee, directs this searing film on Iraqi nurse, Nori Sharif, who is caught in the most challenging of circumstances, in the middle of sectarian violence, with his own family. Both are available for interviews in New York City.


Nowhere to Hide follows male nurse Nori Sharif through five years of dramatic change, providing unique access into one of the world’s most dangerous and inaccessible areas – the “triangle of death” in central Iraq. Initially filming stories of survivors and the hope of a better future as American and Coalition troops retreat from Iraq in 2011, conflicts continue with Iraqi militias, and the population flees accompanied by most of the hospital staff. Nori is one of the few who remain. When ISIS advances on Jalawla in 2014 and takes over the city, he too must flee with his family at a moment’s notice, and turns the camera on himself.


“My ambition is to let the audience reflect on the human consequences of a brutal reality where all taboos are violated. With Nowhere to Hide I want to show that we are all part of this reality – war, explosions, victims, terrorism, they affect us globally, and we are all responsible, despite our geographical whereabouts. Meanwhile, I want to show the human resistance that is growing among these survivors; to show the hope of rebuilding after the breakdown of civilization. In the end, as humans, the only thing that can help us survive is to believe that the will to build will always be stronger than the desire to destroy.”


Director and Photographer Zaradasht Ahmed is a Kurdish/Norwegian filmmaker. He was born and raised in Northern Iraq. His latest work “Nowhere to Hide” has won multiple awards including the IDFA Award for Best Feature Documentary and the One World Human Rights Film Festival Award for Best Documentary. Earlier works include the award-winning documentary Road to Diyarbakir, and Fata Morgana. Zaradasht 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.


English title Nowhere to Hide
Type Documentary
Theatrical Runtime 86 min
Format DCP and HD Formats
Screen ratio 16:9
Sound format 5.1 surround and stereo
Languages Arabic with English, Norwegian, Swedish, Portugese Subtitles.

Director / Writer Zaradasht Ahmed
Producer Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas
Co-Producers Hans Husum, Stina Gardell
Editor Eva Hillström sfk

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