Where We Belong – a film offering a rare glimpse into the everyday life of post-ISIS rural Iraq

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Produced by Minority Rights International
Co-Produced by DARST & Manifest Media
Run Time: 22 min
Country: Iraq
Funder: The European Union and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands


Where we belong : Returning to Nineveh Plains

Iraqi forces have regained control of the Nineveh Plains, ousting ISIS and allowing residents to move back to their old houses after years in exile. But reconstruction doesn’t come easy, especially for those belonging to the many ethnic minorities rooted in the area, who face even greater discrimination as they try to coexist in the wake of the sectarian conflict.

This movie follows the stories of Abbas, a young Shabak man working hard to improve life in the region through a radio show and volunteering, and Alyaa, a female Turkmen lawyer helping families who have been affected by ISIS to claim justice and compensation.

“Where We Belong” offers a rare glimpse on what everyday life looks like in post-ISIS rural Iraq. Away from the frontlines and the headlines, amidst the rubble and the pain, people are slowly starting to rebuild their lives after one of the saddest times the country has ever seen through deep personal involvement and the willingness to work together for a better future.

For more information contact:

Mays Al-Juboori, Civilian Rights Officer (London, UK)


For media inquires, contact:

Samrawit Gougsa, Communications Officer (London, UK)

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