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Sleeping in Ruins

Sleeping in Ruins
This documentary starts with 14 years old Abdulla, and his horse Zuzu, he drives around the city and with them we discover Mosul. ruins, crowd, unhappy faces, handicaps, and abandoned horses.
First horse with visible bones through its skin left there near a mosque its walls full of bullet holes.
It tells story of ordinary people from city of Mosul, they were there when ISIS seized the city and lost part of their lives and beloved, they were there when libration war started and lost some more lives and some more beloved. War has touches them with its brutal fingers.
Now Mosul is liberated since July 2017 But still its citizens spending their days among small of dead corpses and night in ruins.
As if post war period is just another chapter in their book of suffering.

  • Horen Ghareeb
  • Hardi Qadir Ibrahim
  • Hardi Qadir Ibrahim, Horen Ghareeb
  • Horen Ghareeb
  • Haider Omar,
  • Hardi Qadir
  • Hardi Qadir
  • Haider Omar
    Sound and Lighting
  • Hazhar Zahawi
  • Harem Bahaddin
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    1 hour 8 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 16, 2019
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    Digital Full HD
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Distribution Information
  • Belgefilm
    Country: Iraq
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Horen Ghareeb, Hardi Qadir Ibrahim

Horen Ghareeb RAOOF
Filmmaker and producer from Kurdistan - Iraq
Studied Theatre and drama arts in Baghdad, Started working for local TVs since early 90s
And working as Documentary director and producer since 1999
Selected Projects
• - Director/ writer
• “A Bit Before Heaven” experimental short video
• “Gold” Documentary
• “Dust” Documentary
• “Animal Skin” Documentary 

• “Milk” Documentary 

• “Music Day” Documentary 

• “Hazhar Zahawi” Documentary 

• “Chord” Documentary 

• “Sabir the Fisherman” Documentary 

• “Bicycle” Short Video art 

• “Closer to Sun” Documentary 

• “Wunderbar\Wonderful” Documentary 

• “A man of Snow” experimental documentary 

• “Sealed Garden” Documentary 

• 26 Episodes of Human Rights TV Magazine for IWPR - Iraq

• More than 40 documentaries for Kurdsat ltd.
• More than 200 documentaries for Rûdaw News Network
Festivals and Awards
• Participating in local and international festivals in, Germany, Sweden, UK, Australia, Albania, and Qatar. 

• Jury Member for several local film festivals 

• Supervising and art directing for more than 250 documentaries, and 2002-2019 

• 2006-2008: Worked as Kurdistan coordinator for London Kurdish Film Festival, and Kurdish film festival in Melbourne, Au. 2007
First prize at Angrid film Festival, Sweden for the video (A Bit Before Heaven) 2002 
Best video art prize, at Melbourne film festival, for the video (Bicycle) 2007 

Theater director and funder of Theatre of Wind Director for 15 theatre performances
Art director for 7 theatre performances

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Director Statement

People without voice are whom who need us to tell their stories, not the celebrities.