We Iraqis (2004) is a documentary film written and directed by the Iraqi-French film director Abbas Fahdel.
Nous les Irakiens (French title) and نحن العراقيون (Arabic title).
The film shows daily life in Baghdad, just before and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The fears and hopes of a people that is emerging from the nightmare of a dictatorship only to fall into chaos.
Daily life in Baghdad, in a home like many others, that of the director’s brother. The preparations waiting for the outbreak of war, the comments in front of the images on TV, stocking up on food, the difficulty of the children to go to school … After the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, the director returned to Baghdad and meets the people. “I came to film death, but life got the upper hand”.
- Mention of the Jury, 15th African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival, Milan, Italy, 2005
Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Abbas Fahdel.
- Producer(s): Blanche Guichou and Carine Ruszniewski.
- Writer(s): Abbs Fahdel.
- Cinematography: Abbas Fahdel.
- Editor(s): Stephane Foucault and Sophie Imbert.
- Production: Agat Films & Cie, Angoa-Agicoa (support), Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (participation), France 2 (FR2) (participation), and Procirep (support).
- Distributor(s): Doc & Co.
- Release Date: January 2004 (Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming).
- Running time: 52 minutes.
- Country: France and Iraq.
- Language: Arabic.