Nothing Doing in Baghdad - Fiction
Director: Maysoon Pachachi
Baghdad, winter, 2006. A time of extreme sectarian violence and nightly curfews. The story unfolds on Christmas Eve and follows the lives of several residents in a typically mixed neighborhood; people who are just trying to live everyday lives in spite of the difficult and sometimes deadly circumstances. At the heart of these intersecting, simultaneously unfolding stories is Sara, a novelist and single mother of 7-year old Reem. When the mother's closest friend, Sabiha, a Christian and keeper of all her secrets, is forced into exile, Sara begins to find the will to resist and to write again. But her hopeful outlook may be short-lived when the sudden pre-dawn execution of Saddam Hussein just before the New Year plunges everyone around her into a heightened state of fear. Like the other residents of the neighborhood, Sara struggles to sustain a fragile hope in the face of overwhelming destruction and, sometimes, like a miracle, life still blossoms.