In a typically mixed Baghdadi neighborhood, a community of ordinary people try to live their everyday lives amidst the threat of unpredictable violence. At the heart of these intersecting stories is SARA, a single mother and novelist, who regains her will to write after witnessing the forced exile of her Christian neighbour and best friend SABIHA.
Director’s note by Maysoon Pachachi:
How do people – and ultimately societies - repair and renew themselves in a situation of catastrophic violence and disintegration, like Iraq? How do they find inside themselves the will to resist the damage and to trust in a fragile hope for the future? What helps them to survive and keep some sense of self intact? Probably they will never ‘forget’ much of what they have seen and experienced - not just since the invasion of 2003, but through the long years of dictatorship and wars. How do they carry this burden of the past into the future? How do they live with it? What do they pass on to their children? These, which are among the basic questions of history and of how individuals and societies develop, are the underlying themes we want to explore in this film.
[International Version | 15'44]