Documentary Films | 2016 | 85 minutes
Stranger Says: There are some places in Iraq where you just don’t want to be. That’s at least how American soldiers understood it when they dubbed a region south of Baghdad the “Triangle of Death.” The sectarian violence, primarily targeted at civilians, was that bad. But when American forces pulled out of Iraq, Iraqi Norwegian filmmaker Zaradasht Ahmed decided to teach Nori Sharif, a nurse originally from the “Triangle of Death,” how to make a documentary. Sharif agreed to film his friends and neighbors. But Sharif’s story changes when he begins to see more plumes of black smoke from the Jalawla hospital where he works. Sharif and his family become the subject of the documentary as violence from ISIS and various militia groups creeps closer. The footage captured by Sharif is unlike any you’ve seen, and the question he keeps asking himself lingers: “I don’t understand this war,” he says. So who does? Who’s behind it? And why? People with different answers to these questions are still killing civilians caught in the middle of it all.
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