Nowhere to Hide

The top prize-winner at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam: four turbulent years in the life of resilient male nurse living in Iraq's ‘triangle of death'.

Nori Sharif works in a Jalawla hospital in central Iraq. When the US army departs in 2011, he's hopeful for the future: he has a valued job, a beloved family, and a place to call home. The arrival of the Islamic State (ISIS) changes everything. Kurdish-born director Zaradasht Ahmed filmed Sharif until it became too dangerous to stay, so he handed his equipment to his subject. Sharif's relationship to the camera quickly becomes confident, more intimate, as he seeks to make sense of his rapidly changing world. As the IDFA jury commented: ‘There are those films which are wonderful to see and there are films that the world needs to see. Nowhere to Hide is both of these things.'

Sharif's story and personality hold the attention … as Tom Clancy has a character remark about Jack Ryan, he is by any measure ‘a good man in a storm', unblinking eyewitness to an epoch lethally brimming with clear and present dangers. – Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Nowhere To Hide should be required viewing for anyone with an opinion about the refugee crisis. – Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International

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Zaradasht Ahmed

Norway, Sweden

86 mins

Arabic with English subtitles



Zaradasht Ahmed

Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas, Hans Husum, Stina Gardell

Zaradasht Ahmed, Nori Sharif

Eva Hillström

International Documentaries, Politics & Economics, Middle East, Festival Award Winners, Human Rights

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