In 2003 Micah Garen and Marie-Hélène Carleton went to Iraq to make documentary about the looting of archaeological sites after the US invasion. While there they met Amir Doshi, author and teacher, who worked for them as an interpreter and guide through a landscape increasingly fraught with conflict. One day in August 2004, in the market place of Nasiriyah, Micah was unmasked as a foreigner by southern Iraqi militants and, together with Amir, taken hostage for ten days.
Micah and Marie-Hélène reunite with Amir, in the city of Erbil in July of 2011, and he offers his perspective on a country recovering from trauma.
View the film on Granta.
Published: September 2011, Granta