COME BACK IN FIVE YEARS

This documentary shows how development is growing up in Iraqi Kurdistan. How people suffered from Saddam Hussein's regime and their challenges for the future. No official departments escapes from corruption in this side of Iraq. A young democracy as an instrument to attract foreign investments that are changing Iraqi Kurdistan for ever. "Come back in five years"-is the challange that many kurds propose to visitors. A film by Laia Altarriba and Marc Martinez Sarrado.

 

Halabja, in the Iraqi Kurdistan, is still on struggle for a fair trial against the militars who had responsabilities on the bombing with chemical weapons on innocent people. Saddam Hussein's army dropped chemical bombs in the area on 16th March 1988. In less than thirty minutes more than 5000 people died and 10000 injured. Largest-scale chemical weapons attack directed against a civilian-populated area in history.

 

Thousands of foreing companies, from EU, USA and Asia, are investing in the Kurdistan region. They feel comfortable because of the optimum security index on the area. Basic infrastructures are going to be built in the next years and this is a very good chance for bussiness. Iraqi Kurdistan has become the new "El Dorado" for bussiness men in this side of the Middle East.

 After Saddam Hussein's fall and under the Kurdistan Regional Goverment foreign investments have found a new "virgin land" to make their bussiness. Laws that affect their operations are made on demand. Corruption is on almost every corner of Ministries and official offices. A young democracy is trying to get it's own space in a land that has suffered war for decades.

Kurds represent the biggest ethnic group without State in the world. The kurd territories, today are part of Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq. The Iraqi Kurdistan is the only side of whole Kurdistan where they have their own parlament, but it still depends on Iraqi Government. In the horizon line of almost all Kurds, there's a hope and a dream: to have their own State. Iraqi Kurdistan is for long the kurd side with more recognized rights.

Documentary Film 55' | 2009-in process

 

A film by Laia Altarriba and Marc Martinez Sarrado

Director of Photography Marc Martinez Sarrado
Produced by Batabat