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Nowhere To Hide (2017)



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This is a story of a man struggling for survival in Iraq, where war has become the norm. The enemy is invisible, and neither women nor children have a safe hideout. Our protagonist, 36-year-old Nori Sharif, is husband, father of four children, and a male nurse. He becomes a videographer, documenting life over several years in one of Iraq's most dangerous provinces: Diyala. By following Nori we take part in his daily life. We are with him as another war erupts after the American retreat in 2011; a new war without fronts, uniforms or common rules. Without choosing sides, Nori records destruction as well as hope from this war zone. But it is the beginning of the end. The film stretches over a period of five years, beginning with the hope of a better future, to witnessing the growth of ISIS (the Islamic State), and eventually the fall of Nori's home town. As Nori keeps filming throughout this period of time, he begins to turn the camera on himself. Nori's narrative represents persistence, hope and faith. But, in this new reality of being squeezed between two giant forces--ISIS on one side and the Iraqi militias on the other, is it possible to remain impartial and keep his family intact? Will he and his family survive, and be able to rebuild the country and the oasis that lies hidden behind the smoke and rubble?

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Sharif, who is intimately acquainted with most of the people he profiles, reveals his subjects' courage and humanity.

July 13, 2017 | Full Review…

A terrifying, ultimately moving portrait of the effects of war, both physical and psychic.

July 6, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Both Sharif and Ahmed make sure audiences leave Nowhere to Hide well aware that Iraq remains a war zone - one where innocent people remain caught in the crossfire.

June 30, 2017 | Full Review…

An immersive, compact and unpolished documentary ...

June 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An emotionally powerful examination of the price of conflict, Sharif is honourable and brave, both as filmmaker and the symbol of a suffering people who long for peace.

June 29, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

As captured through the ceaselessly unflinching lens of Sharif's borrowed video camera, "Nowhere to Hide" offers an uneasy prognosis that is at once graphically gut-wrenching and doggedly life-affirming.

June 29, 2017 | Full Review…

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