I Come from Iraq

At the height of the 2003 US military invasion of Iraq, the filmmaker visits her grandparents, Najiba and Hasan, who are living in Toronto as refugees. As she spends several days with them in their tiny apartment, they share fragments and stories of a migratory life, while the camera bears witness to their longing for home, and the pain of separation. 

Directed, Filmed, Edited by Nadia Shihab

30 min. Turkmen (Iraq) and Arabic with English subtitles. 2003
10 minute excerpt below


Betty Knowlin Prize for Excellence in Filmmaking, Cinematexas Festival (2003)