- Nowhere to Hide
- Directed by
- Zaradasht Ahmed
- Nori Sharif
- Norway, Sweden
Following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq in late 2011, a nurse with a small video camera documents the victims of the ensuing violence that devastates the country. He's Nori Sharif, a content husband, grateful father of four and subject of an immersive, compact and unpolished documentary from the Kurdish-born, Oslo-based filmmaker Zaradasht Ahmed.
There's a lot to be disturbed about, but what upsets Sharif the most is the senselessness of "an undiagnosed war" that defies explanation. "You see symptoms," he explains, "but you don't understand the disease." Victors and spoils are not obvious. Nothing is accomplished but loss, confusion and body-maiming chaos. "Even the opportunists don't benefit any more," he says.
The turning point of the film comes when Sharif and his family are forced to flee their home in the face of advancing Islamic State forces. After 13 stops, they land in a refugee camp. He's no longer reporting on the sufferers of the warring. He's become one.