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Where we belong : Returning to Nineveh Plains

1 July 2019

by D. Bosio | Co-produced by DARST & Manifest Media | 2019 | 22 min

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.

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