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Screening: Hard Way Home

The collapse of Iraq drove more than four million nationals from their homes and if these engineers, teachers, doctors and shop owners are not helped to return from surrounding countries, Iraq may never recover.

Sun 27th July, 4.30pm Price: £8.00
Screening followed by a Q&A with director Paul Eedle

The collapse of Iraq into sectarian violence after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein drove more than four million Iraqis from their homes. Many of the country’s middle class are now refugees in Syria and Jordan. If these engineers, teachers, doctors and shop owners are not helped to survive in exile and eventually return to their homes, Iraq may never recover.

Hard Way Home follows three refugee families on of which struggles to survive on the income from rent on their flats in Baghdad. Recovering the money however requires a long and risky journey back to the Iraqi capital…

Ahlam was kidnapped in Baghdad and cannot go home. She does whatever she can to help other refugees in Syria but sees an entire future generation at risk. Fayez has to take his family back to Baghdad because he is bankrupt, but finds a divided city where he cannot work. Afrah is a Shia married to a Sunni; they cannot live together in Baghdad and have run out of money in Damascus.

Hard Way Home is an Out There News production, directed by Paul Eedle. Out There News is an independent television production company specialising in factual programming from and about the Middle East. Its documentaries and features are produced by a bilingual Arabic/English team which includes a bureau in Baghdad.


Director Paul Eedle | talks


Date and Time:

27 July 2008 at 4:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



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