Special Consideration Nominee
Mill Valley Film Group
Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshes are known as the birthplace of civilization. Situated between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the area was once an oasis of aquatic wildlife filled with lush reed beds, water buffalo, lions, foxes and otters. It was also one of the world’s most important migratory bird flyways. The marshes had been a vital life force for centuries until Saddam Hussein destroyed them. Azzam Alwash took on the challenge of restoring the wetlands to their original splendor and in the process created Iraq’s first National Park. Narrated by Robert Redford, Marshland Dreams illustrates how one person - armed with intelligence, courage and conviction - can affect extraordinary change.