Zaradasht Ahmed’s tragic film, Nowhere to Hide, follows the tribulations of Nori Sharif, a medic, and his family through five years of war ravaged Central Iraq.

In 2011, the U.S soldiers are pulling out. Various groups, militias and ISIS, want to take over. A new war is on the verge. Ahmed gave Sharif a camera.  A perilous journey begins.  At first, we follow him tracking survivors and victims in a gripping insight into one of the most dangerous part of the world. He is a medic he sees them coming in everyday. And he films. In the middle of herds of sheep, they tell of a peaceful place that became a human hunting ground. And of the absence of real conflicts between tribes in these parts prior to the invasion. At times it sounds like the way natives of the Americas and Africa were treated. Their suffering, the war that is still going on, is now of no interests to the big medias.

Nowhere to Hide is filled with fragmented disturbing stories. Corruption, violence, shootings, bombs, sudden disappearances, condemned children becoming head of family before their time. Sharif’s world eventually crumbles as the Islamic states and rival gangs takes advantage of the whole situation and he must flee with his family forced to turn the camera on himself while staying philosophic .

Nowhere to Hide is breathtaking and the humanitarian side, ethic and integrity of his main protagonist in a world gone insane enhances its vision. It is an essential, engaging and heartbreaking film.


Festival Screenings:

Nov. 11 3:00 PM
Cinéma du Parc 1
with English subtitles

Nov. 13 7:00 PM
Concordia University – Auditorium  SGWU (H-110)
with English subtitles