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July 14–20, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Nowhere to Hide

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Best Feature-Length Documentary
Amsterdam Intl Doc
Film Fest
Critics' Pick
  —New York Times
"Nowhere To Hide should be required viewing for anyone with an opinion about the refugee crisis"
  —Screen International
4 stars "A terrifying, ultimately moving portrait of the effects of war, both physical and psychic"
  —Chicago Tribune
Recommended "Powerful and wrenching"
  —Chicago Reader

After the Americans left Iraq in 2011, a male nurse named Nori Sharif was asked to report on the state of his country, thereby providing unique access into one of the world's most dangerous and inaccessible areas, the "triangle of death" in central Iraq. "This is an undiagnosed war," states Nori, surveying the devastation of a car bombing. "All we see are the symptoms."

Working at the Jalawla Medical Center, he was asked to carry a camera and document the victims of war over the course of five years. The shocking images show families torn apart, maimed and damaged by the violence in Iraq. And every day more arrive, as the conflicts continue and life is disrupted by attacks over and over again. Often it is not even clear who the adversaries are, in this landscape of shifting conflicts and the steady advance of ISIS. But the threat level increases, and when the Iraqi army pulls out in 2013 because of militant groups, the population flees, accompanied by the majority of the hospital staff. Sharif is one of the few who remain and when ISIS advances in 2014, finally taking over the city, Sharif continues to film. As we accompany Nori, we watch as his position dreadfully alters from chronicling the war and its victims to also recording his family fleeing for their lives as refugees.

Nowhere to Hide is shattering and immediate, the flesh and blood behind the endless headlines, as well as an immersive and uncompromising first-hand reflection of resilience and fortitude.

Directed by Zaradasht Ahmed, 2016, Norway/Sweden/Iraq, 86 mins. In Arabic with English subtitles


  • Fri., July 14 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., July 15 at 1, 3, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., July 16 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., July 17–20 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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