First 3 Webisodes of Hometown Baghdad!

Salon has posted the first three videos of Hometown Baghdad. Check out their dedicated page for the series here. And we’re also on the homepage. For ease of viewing, I’m embedding the videos below. And remember, with today’s technology viewers are the new distributors. Help us tell the story of today’s Iraq by linking back here.

Adel - “Brains on Campus”

Saif - “The Dentist”

Ausama - “Forbidden Salad”

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102 Responses to “First 3 Webisodes of Hometown Baghdad!”

  1. Crowdsourcing the Iraq War with Video ~ Chris Pirillo Says:

    [...] is the fourth anniversary of the war. And here’s an interesting perspective on Iraq… it’s a web documentary series about life in Baghdad – shot by Iraqi filmmakers. My company in NY helped produce it and is now distributing it online. [...]

  2. Andy C Says:

    Outstanding…so well done.

  3. Andy C Says:

    “This salad is forbidden.”

  4. Iraqi film-makers tell their story - PerthNorg - Your News, Your Views Says:

    [...] Hometown Baghdad -a documentary web series following the lives of a few Iraqi 20-somethings trying to survive in Baghdad, has just been released on the internet. [...]

  5. Enric Says:

    These short docs are exceptional. I hope to see more.

  6. SubWolf Says:

    Very nice! Two thoughts come to mind:

    1. You might wanna get in contact with the folks who do Alive In Baghdad, some good cross promotion.

    2. On the dentist - digital zoom is a bit sucky. Think the points would come across just as well without it.

    Thanks for bringing us these videos.

  7. Jack in Bethesda Says:

    Yes! We need to see this side of life in Baghdad. We need to get to know the people and their way of life. Keep up your good work.

  8. Saif Says:

    Thanks SubWolf for you advice. I am Saif ( The dentist ) …

  9. Hussein Ghassan Says:

    That’s really cool,people all over the world will understand now how the Iraqis are living.
    I am Saif’s neighbour.

  10. Zaid Says:

    Hey …. That’s too short notes about Saif’s life …His life is filled with activities am sure you ‘ll find that out by your self ….
    I am his friend who were reading the OPGraph with ‘em in that nice video.

  11. Julie Says:

    Thank you for sharing your lives with us. I wish I could better express the depth of grief and shame I feel for the hell the my country has caused for all the people of Iraq. I’m so sorry.
    You should put up a donation button. I’d be happy to donate to help with this project. I wish all of you and your families good health and happiness.

  12. Jain Says:

    Thank you so much for posting these exceptional videos. I am looking forward to the next ones. I was especially moved and saddened by the turn of events for Saif, and I too, must apologize for the hell my government has caused this country. I wish peace for you all.

  13. Fady Says:

    I’m glad that Hometown Baghdad is launched now, and I hope we give a glimpse of how life is for a young Iraqi in Baghdad these days. I also hope people would appreciate the patience and risk that Adel, Ausama and Saif had to bear during the production of the series. Thanks to all for your comments.

    Fady Hadid

  14. Bea Says:

    Each video is better than the next! I can’t wait to see the rest. Saif, my heart is so sad for you. What did you decide to do? Ausama, can it really be that crazy that you will be killed for what you eat for dinner? Adel, have you finished school yet? Or are you still going with these daily threats? I want to echo what Fady pointed out and THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND RISK in helping the rest of the world understand your stories!

  15. Saif Says:

    I can tell what I decided but what do you think about watching it in show… lol …

  16. Bea Says:

    DON’T TELL ME - I’ll watch and see. But I’m glad to know that you’ve lived to tell the story! And I think that it’s so funny that the girl gives a little jump and small scream when you are working on her teeth!! :)

  17. Saif Says:

    Yeah Thanks GOD I did it and lived. I want you to memorize this girl please. Because you will see her again in the show. lol … That was a small cheat.

  18. hala Says:

    saif that vidio was immazing & u did very good job preforming the truth about the lif ethere i hope it will be chnage one day , hey guys you know saif will be teh best dentist even thow he just graduaited but i trust him he is sooooooooooooo smart as alot of iraiqes i respect you brother , i sow your wife in teh vidio hhahaaaaaaaaaa good ( tjrob 3leha ) lolll anyways im happy to see your house , teh garden we used to sit in & teh kitchin we used to drink the coffe you make my god imisssssssss those days so bad , hope god will reapet it again one day in better situaiton . take care

  19. andy Says:

    Excellent series, I look forward to seeing more.

  20. Francesca Says:

    Thank you for revealing your lives on these videos. Like the others, I feel enormous guilt and sorrow for what we have done to you, your families, and your country. What would you like us (as a nation or as individuals) to do to help you?

  21. Andrew Says:

    wow, these are great clips. I’m so use to seeing the gunfire, the brutality, and violence on tv, this is a great way to get the truth out!

    Very refreshing! and i cant wait to see more!

  22. John Cannizzaro Says:

    There are no words which can express my shame and sorrow
    for what my government has done to these and other people.
    I wish more Americans could see these films and feel what I feel.
    The corporations that control the U.S. government are not
    capable of humane actions or morality.They will never be any more than faceless,heartless profit mongers continuing their bloody march until the earth and its people are consumed.
    God help us and the poor souls in Iraq and the rest of the world.

  23. John Cannizzaro Says:

    Thank you for the oportunity to express my feelings.

  24. Saif Says:

    Francesca , Thank you very much. I know that you are all feeling sorry for the current situation we are in. but what can we all do ? I am glad that I did something to reveal the lives of young Iraqis in the Real way not the way you see in the news.That was the first 3 webisod, wait for the rest. Thank you Andrew and John. I am the dentist.

  25. ed Says:

    Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to see the actual video of you guys jamming on the guitars! Enjoyed the music clip!

    I pray for a united Iraq and wish you all well!

    Regards,
    -ed-

    San Francisco, CA - USA

  26. Zaid Says:

    Hey Ed ….
    Thank you for saying that ( United Iraq ) ….really nice especially by american person …… and thanks for your opinion about our song.
    By the way….. Have you seen (HOTEL CALIFORNIA) in real ??!lol …..
    Regards to all

  27. MediaChannel.org Says:

    [...] The everyday life of the Iraqi citizen has been the great untold story of the Iraq war. Hometown Baghdad is hoping to change that by creating this new documentary web series following the lives of a few Iraqi 20-somethings trying to survive in Baghdad. In these videos, brave Iraqi subjects and crew risked their lives every time they turned on a camera. They want to show the world what life is like when your hometown is a war-zone. Check out their other VIDEOS HERE [...]

  28. Paula Says:

    These videos are so moving. I watched all of them, and I felt like crying when they were through. It is so important to see the regular people that are suffering from the hell this war has unleashed. People with lives and dreams, now living in fear and despair, in a terrifying, and in many ways, absurd situation.

  29. H Shimbo Says:

    This was very enriching to see how life is there, that the families are still able to piece together some hope– inspite of the terror caused by invading US military. I would say to keep the spirit alive, because the U.S. economy is now on a levelling off — or even a Decline. When the new SuperPowers rule, it is less likely they will be so Hawk .. like the U.S. Keep the flame burning Bright

  30. Mustafa Alkaissi Says:

    well i am saif’s cousin and i live in canada right now and i am very sorry to hear tht from u saif about ur gratuadtion issue but life is just difficult ,i know tht u will never give up coz u always used 2 insist and do the right thing in ur life and till now i remeber how u taught me to play on guitar,,, good luck ,

  31. Mustafa Alkaissi Says:

    this 3 series r really good ,keep it up guys coz we need the world to see how millions of iraqi’s r suffering in their life,,and we will wait for the rest,,,good luck to all of u.

  32. Zahraá Al Rawi Says:

    hello saif… i like what u did and talked about everything …
    but i want to ask u somehting … why u r talking about urself all the time ????? talk about ur friends a little … i want to know what u did to the girl in the video to give this jumb and scream ?? even i know the girl … i think it was a jock???

  33. NJM02 Says:

    Shimbo-
    The sectarian violence is responsible for the terror, not the US. If the back-and-forth violence among zeolots didnt exist, the US would have already finished building and restoring water, electricity and other resources to at or beyond previous levels. It’s just that extremists couldnt stop sabbotage on oil and other pipelines, and so making it impossible for the US to leave and hand over a stable situation to the government.

    There’s nothing to be gained by perpetuating false stereotypes.

  34. Saif Says:

    Yeah Zahraa you are about me talking about myself, But I think you just see the first webisode which is about 5 mins only, of 8 months of filmming and shooting. So I think we all should wait.Thank you all for your support.

  35. Saif Says:

    Sorry, but you only saw 2:11 mins … lol …

  36. Bill Says:

    Hey, great show! I enjoyed the one at the school. I hope someday that the academic enviorment will be one of safety and hope, for aspiring young minds to succeed.

  37. Emma Says:

    Thank you for these videos. I have been moved by the reality of your lives. I am so very sorry for the pain and difficulties you are living and feel humbled by the reality of your daily existance. It is so important that ordinary people like me witness the reality of how you are living. Thank you for your bravery in making these films.

  38. Zaid Says:

    I ‘d like to tell evrybody over here to tell his/her frinds and relatives about whats going on here so as to make more people keeping on watching the webisodes from its cradle to make the untold story published and revealed as much as we can….
    Thank you .

  39. Bill Day Says:

    It is so great to see people telling their own stories. It is the side of the story I often wonder about here in California. The courage it takes just to live in Iraq is amazing. I hope the video bloggers can continue to give us these videos. I would like to know them all much much better.

  40. Jean Says:

    Thank you so much for your courage and creativity in making these films, and for sharing them with the world.

    Jean
    Montgomery, AL, USA

  41. ed Says:

    Hey Zaid,

    No, haven’t seen the actual “Hotel California” haha! But, I do hope for the day when I might be able to visit a new, peaceful Iraq so I can bring my guitar and jam with you guys. Maybe bring some of my dj friends from across the world and just have a good party!

    I do agree with NJMO2. I fully support our troops and am glad to hear that Iraqi’s are becoming more unified to fight off the extremists and Al-Queda terrorists. I have friends that are there who would like to come home, but they understand their duty and will fight alongside their Iraqi comrades until a higher level of security is maintained so Iraqi’s can have the choice of living a better life like many of your neighboring countries are living if they choose so.

    If you could, perhaps provide clips of how some things are starting to improve? I know there is still alot of work to do, but the mainstream TV and Newspaper articles in the US only choose to show us all of the bombings and killings and seldom show the good things that are beginning to happen. Which is unfortunate since politics seems to have control of the media as well.
    In this case, it’s the liberals that seem to always see the bad and never look for the good. For example, you would never hear or see the articles on how some of the tribes are fighting against these terrorists. This would really help provide a clearer picture of what is exactly happening out there.

    Thank you and be safe!

  42. Cheryl Says:

    You people who are ashamed of your government for giving the Iraqi’s the right to post these video’s can go to H*LL! Who do you think you are? These people have died and lost family members to a regime that killed them and maimed them for 1/10th of the priveleges you have here. Your answer should be GLAD WE COULD HELP!
    Siaf, I truly hope your country becomes the shing beacon on the hill in all the middle east. You folks have worked so hard and sacrificed much, you deserve it. And my fellow countrymen and women who are there with the love of humanity in theirs hearts want that for you too.

  43. Marco Says:

    The amazing things about this series is that it isn’t necessarily about who’s to blame but about people caught up in the middle of it. Having spent a quarter of my own life in civil war, I watched these videos and was reminded of my family’s experiences in our homeland. I feel that it is not only the untold story of the Iraq war, but that of so many others.

  44. Melanie Says:

    AA, thanks for the great vlogs. Heard about your project through BoingBoing. Using Web 2.0 to draw attention to life in Baghdad is brilliant. I’d enjoy longer videos as well, but these are well-done and succinct vignettes.
    Best of luck to you all and stay safe inshallah.

  45. Saif Says:

    Hi Cheryl , Thank you for your nice comment, I wish what you said will become true, It needs work, HARD WORK, But I believe in US , we can make a change. That’s why I didi this video, because if we decide to do something and we go for it, we will make a change. I hope you all be with us. Thank you.

  46. Ali Says:

    You guys have done great. Keep up all the good work. Our hopes are always with you. I am an Iraqi myself and would love to live in Iraq one day. I have only been there once and that was for a funeral. Sad, but true. Would love to go back and visit again, soon.

    Well, hope and dreams with you. Forget about the haters. Iraq is one of the most beautiful and richest countries in the world. Everybody wants a piece, but no one wants peace for them. One day bro, one day.

    Salam

  47. Jackie Says:

    Everyone in America should have to watch these and realize we are all the same. I cannot imagine being told what to eat or being afraid of going to school…terrible.
    I too am ashamed of us.
    War solves nothing

  48. ed Says:

    Jackie, I agree we all can relate to some degree that some activities across all cultures are similar, especially at times when there is relative peace. Most of us enjoy spending time with families, playing pool with friends, singing, etc.

    You say war solves nothing? Please tell me you’re kidding. If you can’t imagine being told that eating a mixed salad makes you an infidel and can be punishable by death by an extremist group that instills fear among civilians, then what are you supposed to do? Never eat mixed salad again? Perhaps you don’t value your freedom enough to fight for it.

    War is not the answer for everything, but when you’re dealing with extremists and terrorists, that is the only language they understand. Kill or be killed.

  49. TE Says:

    cheryl

    you are not supposed to use gov computers for this!

  50. mike Says:

    hey melanie…the videos are short but sweet…and there will be more and more and more. Just keep with us!

  51. ed Says:

    hey guys, wanted to ask you if it was ok for me to put up a link and one of the small videos on my myspace page? Like I mentioned, I’m a dj out here in san francisco and I have alot of friends that I know who would really like to see a true representation of iraqi life from your point of view. Please let me know!

    http://www.myspace.com/deejayspecialed

  52. mike Says:

    Hey Ed, it’s mike from the production team. We’d love you to post the videos. Our goal is for people who like this series to take the videos and link to them wherever they can and to post the videos wherever they can. So please spread them far and wide. And encourage others to do the same. In today’s world, viewers are the new distributors so go for it!

  53. ed Says:

    cool! thanks!

  54. ed Says:

    Done! Keep em’ coming and once again, please be safe!

  55. Zahraa Sameer Says:

    Hi saif..
    well it was amazing guyz 2 make this video ,We really can make a big change if we belived in wat we do ,We have hope and faith so we dshall do our best..and inshalla things get better .

  56. Zaid Says:

    Hey Ed…
    I hope that we could do that in future , singing and playing guitar sittin on Tigris bank in the clean Baghdad , clean from people who dont believe in peace , love and harmony , those people should be killed and we have to wash them away from our lovely mixed community …( Iraq is the same of the USA ) both have a mixed cultures of people .

    I hope you’ve heared that song of kenny Roger’s its name is ( The Coward of the County ) , the tough father who was in preson told his son : ( not to do the things I’ve done , son you dont have to fight to be a man ) , and at the end of the song , The son told his father : ( I promised you dad not to do the things you’ve done , I’ll walk away from troubles when I can , please dont think am week if I turn the other cheek , but (( SOME TIMES YOU GOT TO FIGHT WHEN YOU ARE A MAN ))) .

    I say that people who want the freedom should fight for it ( Fight for getting peace) , evry one from his/her view and way, evrything has a price , and the freedom has a price too.

    Zaid

  57. Mohamad Says:

    Hello guys, I just want to thank you for these videos, really good work, looks very professional to me!

    Hope you are safe and will spread ur website everywhere!

    Muhamad Al-Mesh-hedany

  58. Joren Says:

    Hi guys,

    Just wanted to say hello from Canada and thanks for the videos. I watched them through Salon and loved ‘em.

    It’s important for the world to see what is really happening in Iraq to everyday citizens and families.

    I hope one day to visit with a friend of mine. I’ve seen pictures of a trip of his to Iraq and it looks like a beautiful country. Maybe even share some “forbidden salad” with all of you. ;-)

  59. Ausama Says:

    Dear All ,

    I Really Thank all of you for watching our footage , our vedios .
    I truely think these pictures would give you may be Idea of what’s really going on here in Iraq, I thank all of you who gave comments , and I definitly want to read more !
    Bea , unfortunatly in some places there is such a thing !
    ED and NMJO2 Please , I Invite you to watch more .. probably you’ll get a better veiw about what’s really happening Here.

    We all had hopes and still have them , I don’t care who make them true for me , I just want to live safely in my country .. my city.

    Please write us more , and tell as much people as you can about this.

    Thank you again
    Ausama - Posting from the North of Iraq

  60. m.kamil Says:

    well ..first of all ..thats such a nice step towards the real democracy ..and u should guys tell the world about the iraqis everyday suffering ..the random killing ..the kidnapping ..the traffic jam…and still now iraqis are living their normal daily life and still hoping for the things to get batter..
    thank u saif usama and adel.
    kosha.

  61. Scott Says:

    Adel, Ausama, Saif,
    I’m in America, and I feel that our media and news outlets have no clue as to what the average upper and middle class 20-30 year old Iraqui men feel about the current situation. I also observe every day that they only show the bad, and not the good.

    You and your friends are obviously not engaging in actions against the Americans, and you, like myself, have not volunteered for your volunteer military. So, that makes you the everyday citizen, although obviously you appear to be from families of some means - you are educated, some of you are professionals or have your own businesses, etc (I may be incorrect, and not trying to be insulting in any way)

    What I cannot discern in your videos, is this: what is your view on the Americans, and of your future in Iraq? Will our (Americans) actions result in the country being better than it was under Saddam, or will a democracy or some other form of non-dictatorial state never be possible?

    I don’t see anger in your group. You seem frustrated by the situation, but you don’t seem to be angry.

    Please, tell us how you feel, what are the perceptions there of the situation today March 31, 2007?

    Is the Iraqui military able to stand up and help hold ground against the militants and extremists?

    Are our soldiers acting as badly towards the Iraqi citizens as the mainstream media in the US is portraying?

    Are there bright spots that give you hope?

    What are your thoughts on the extremists? What about the different militant groups - are the “bad” or are the necessary given how unsafe things are?

    What sectarian group are you? Sunni, Shia?

    I know I am a stupid american, but I want to know to understand. I care about your plight. We all do. We want you to experience the freedoms that we do - however freedoms like that mesh into your society (because there are things in America that I would wish on no one).

    My personal belief is that we (the US) need to stay there and help to train your military and to stand with them while the new Iraqi government figures things out. A new government cannot be expected to be stable in such a short time.

    I know we have done things wrong while there. What things should we be doing that we are not? What things should we stop doing that we are doing now - either militarily or diplomatically.

    What is going on with the electricity there? Why is it not stable now? I don’t get that…. Do the extremists have so much power that they are able to destabilize it, or disrupt the fuel flow to the generators so they can’t produce electricity 24/7 or what??

    If some of your group could expand on some of these topics over the next few weeks, that would provide some very, very appealing background to your great video series.

    As a Christian, I pray for you.

    Scott

  62. Sam Hall Says:

    The problem with the electric supply is that demand has gone way way up. The supply is above pre-war levels, but can’t keep up with all the stuff Iraqis are buying.

    Note that these videos are only possible because of the American military.

    Jackie Says: War solves nothing

    WOW, that is about the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Just one example of a war that had very far reaching results: The Civil Wat in the United States that freed the slaves.

  63. Ausama Says:

    Dear Scott,

    First , not each member of our families is living a good life as we do ( as I should say we’re living a better life than others thank god ) , so yes we have an idea about low class and how do they think and their frustration and what they’re capable to do !

    I believe if the American government want a better Iraq, then it will be done in a matter of several months no more than that!

    We are angry and you’ll see some of the upcoming movies showing that.
    The situation now is that I left Baghdad because of the sectarian violence, bomb cars, and side bombs and because of the American actions there.

    The Iraqi military forces, so far they can do literally nothing … because they’re based on sectarian bases … for me I can’t trust them, not to mention they’re still week and not fully equipped!

    In a lot of places, yes they act really bad … I saw a lot of them cursing Iraqis (especially those who cannot speak a good English), oh and that was the least bad thing that they did!

    We always pray to get a better future, now… It’s really hard to think of how to get there!

    You’re not stupid and I thank you for those questions, I hope there will be more answers in our videos.

    Regarding the electricity , we honestly don’t know what’s wrong with the electricity , but I do know that if there’s anyone who could fix that , they’re the Americans ( just think of all that technology that you got in your country … is it really hard to fix it ? )
    Oh and by the way, in the last 3 years before war, we used to have 24 X 24 hours of electricity.
    oh and there’s definitly no increase in the demand for power after war !

    It’s hard to get fuel, especially in summer time … less fuel in the stations and those generators would need like 30 liters per day to operate few things!

    I hope those answers would satisfy some of your questions 

    Thank you

    Ausama

  64. Ausama Says:

    Dear Scott,

    First , not each member of our families is living a good life as we do ( as I should say we’re living a better life than others thank god ) , so yes we have an idea about low class and how do they think and their frustration and what they’re capable to do !

    I believe if the American government want a better Iraq, then it will be done in a matter of several months no more than that!

    We are angry and you’ll see some of the upcoming movies showing that.
    The situation now is that I left Baghdad because of the sectarian violence, bomb cars, and side bombs and because of the American actions there.

    The Iraqi military forces, so far they can do literally nothing … because they’re based on sectarian bases … for me I can’t trust them, not to mention they’re still week and not fully equipped!

    In a lot of places, yes they act really bad … I saw a lot of them cursing Iraqis (especially those who cannot speak a good English), oh and that was the least bad thing that they did!

    We always pray to get a better future, now… It’s really hard to think of how to get there!

    You’re not stupid and I thank you for those questions, I hope there will be more answers in our videos.

    Regarding the electricity , we honestly don’t know what’s wrong with the electricity , but I do know that if there’s anyone who could fix that , they’re the Americans ( just think of all that technology that you got in your country … is it really hard to fix it ? )
    Oh and by the way, in the last 3 years before war, we used to have 24 X 24 hours of electricity.
    and there’s definitly no increase in the demand of power after war !

    It’s hard to get fuel, especially in summer time … less fuel in the stations and those generators would need like 30 liters per day to operate few things!

    I hope those answers would satisfy some of your questions :)

    Thank you

    Ausama

  65. NJM02 Says:

    Ausama said “I believe if the American government want a better Iraq, then it will be done in a matter of several months no more than that”

    I’m sorry to disappoint you, but there is no motivation whatsoever on the American side squander what ammounts to 100% taxpayer money, mortgaged over generations. This is the finding to depose Sadam and reconstruction. If it was up to the Americans, we would have left a long time ago. More Americans died sweeping the capitol than Iraqi troops just a few days ago. This should not be happening. As I said before, sectarian zeolots, bombing day-to-day against one-another and the US, and the victim is the Iraqi citizen. Bombing oil piplines, bombing hostpitals, bombing power generation grids. Even seeting off bombs with childdren in teh car. No ammount of money from a continent away can force people to be civil, none.

    You say you left Baghdad because of the Americans. And the Iraqi forces do nothing. Well, me friend, you have no country left because religious and political fanatics have sacrifices Iraq for the purpose of their aspirations.

    And that is truly sad. Truly. You are probably fine people, with ( hopefully temporarily ) broken dreams. I can agree that it is certainly not fair. Even with all that has happened, adding anger to anger solves nothing. Im sure you have enough anger to fill 1000 bodies with, with all that you’ve gone through. But know that although the US troops are frustrated beyond belief themselves– they are people just like you– they are not the enemy. They are interested in coming home. As much as you can help them ( collectively ), they would be able to come home sooner, and leave Iraq. The only problem is, you need someone to run the country, my friend. Don’t give up. It is my hope that you overcome the hatred and live a life you will be proud of.

  66. Anne Marie’s LS590 Blog » Some serious Youtube Says:

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  67. Ado Says:

    Hi there…!
    Very nice job.You should make some “introduction”,”forplay” for
    the movie. And “afterplay” too :)
    Best regards from Bosnia-Herzegovina.

  68. Ado Says:

    To Scott:
    Do not waste time on trying to understand…You are an
    American.
    Just joking.

  69. morganusvitus Says:

    The site looks great ! Thanks for all your help ( past, present and future !)

  70. tokyoite Says:

    Hello from Japan… I saw the film “underexposure” in the Arab Film Festival in 2005, and I really liked it - I saw the film twice actually, and am hoping to see it again. This “Dentist” and “Salad” episodes reminded me of the film in the way of telling stories through moving images with audio.

    Many of us here have lost the imagination and don’t try to see Baghdad as someone’s hometown but as a war zone or a war-torn capital of war-torn Iraq. It’s a shame. We’ve got to keep telling that Baghdad is somebody’s hometown.

    All I can do is to wish all of you the best, keep watching and spread the word (in Japanese too), but I will do what I can do. Shukuran, thanks for telling, showing and sharing. You all - cast and crew - are gems.

  71. Maria Says:

    I love these videos. One of my sons and his best friends just left home for college and you all remind me how much I love young people. You have faces that show me you are ready for joy and success! You really may have to leave to live, and there is no shame in that. You must live to do good things. I love the guitar playing, my son has a band (http://myspace.com/ifisavesaturday) and you are good musicians! I will not interject my politics into it because I do not want to have to say how much I wish we would Impeach our crazy cowboy president, and his (mis) handlers. I will watch your videos and email them around. STAY safe!!!

  72. Maria Says:

    God forgive America.

  73. Zaid Says:

    Hello Tokyoite……
    Your words are true and nice , now I can feel that there are many people sharing our problems and watchin’ our town , you from Japan , others from USA and even from south america people who love humanity and respect others as all people are the same ( All have hearts ) to live peacefully , no more wars , I hope that Iraq will get life again and walks in the same way that Japan did after the world war …….
    Regards
    Zaid Al_Bender

  74. Michelle Says:

    I read on here that you all chose to speak English so that many people outside your country would be able to understand. You speak it very well! Do many people there speak English or other languages, or is that a rare thing? Here in the U.S.A. people really only speak English unless they’re from another country. We learn other languages in school, but not well enough in my opinion. People know the language very well during the time they’re taking the class, and after that they forget. However, there are huge amounts of people from other countries, so in some places there are many different languages being spoken. I have just entered college this year, and I think it’s so wonderful because I’m meeting people from the whole world! I even met a man from Iraq named Haider. Maybe you know him? Hehee.

  75. Rasha Says:

    Guys! You rock! Your work is awesome and I am so proude of you and your work. Keep on rocking and keep up the good work.
    I am from baghdad and it breaks my heart to see this beautiful city sad, destroyed and basically a place where a human being cant hardly live anymore. People wont belive me when I tell them about baghdad but now I have the proof, thank to you guys. You all have dreams and great futur planes and being the strong people you are I am positive that you guys will achive all them goals.
    I would like to deeply thank you. You are showing baghdad as a city where poeple are still trying to live from day to day. A place where young, talented smart people live. A place that was torn and destroyed for no reason. Thank you for showing who is really paying the price of this nonsence. Thank you for showing the world that we are people who have suffered enough and still suffering but never gave up. for all that and more I want to say THANK YOU. Believe me it takes a lot of courage to do what you are doing guys. A courage that is pretty much missing from our world.
    God bless the three of you and everyone who had put an effort in making this dream a reality.
    Please be careful, all of you. I would hate to lose a great, courages person like one of you guys.

  76. Zaid Says:

    Rasha …….
    Your words are awesome and really you are the real Iraqi Lady
    Our sisters , mothers and wives are those who think like RASHA does , All respect for you and wish you the best and for all our Ladies .
    Blessed ,
    Zaid Al Bender

  77. Ausama Says:

    Tokyoite , Maria , Michael , Rasha and zaid .

    All what I can say which I’ve been saying this always is : Thank you ,I don’t know how to express more.

    Tokyoite , it would be great if you could spread our series there in Japan ( by the way I learned some Japanese words from a friend of mine his name is Nobuaki , it’s Do-mmo , Do-zzo , Ohi-Yo) and others but I guess those would do it for now :)

    Maria , thank you for your words … we hope that more people realize that this is how we really are , we’re college students , doctors , engineers .. we’re not just what other Medias Show !

    Michael , alot of people could speak english very well, probably not with the accent like adel does , but alot could speak it perfectly , we learn english for 8 years and in college all our corriculum is in english , so that’s probably why !

    Rasha , You don’t know how much happy I am to read from such an intellectual Iraqi girl , thank you so much for all what you said , I just hope we’re being good examples as Iraqi citizens infront of the world !

    Zaid , you always seem to reply faster , and type my words here lol , thank you too :).

  78. Zaid Says:

    Cheers Usama …..
    wish u the best my brother

  79. lelly Says:

    I eat mixed salad. Eating one right now. *munch*
    Its got lettuce and avocado and tomato in it.

    Im such a rebel I know. :D

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  81. Michael Says:

    Forbidden Salad was revlogged @ United Vloggers.

    Thank you so much for giving us a glimpse of what it is to live in a city where all hell broke loose. We pray that all of you will be safe.

    Salaam,

    Michael

  82. IraQiGirL2DeaTh Says:

    You R Great!!
    You R Really “Hope Of IraQ”
    Its True that there is war in Iraq and destroy
    but its good to see someone survive…

  83. Rasha Says:

    Usama & Zaid,
    First of all, I would like to thank you for wonderful replies.
    I am honored to finally get a reply from one of the hard working guys behind this awesome project.
    Please, don’t thank me for anything. This is our duty. It is our honor to be real Iraqis and represent the Iraq that we knew and Baghdad that we grew up in. Baghdad my beloved city and the only place I could ever call home. It is our duty and honor to represent this not just for the readers or someone to see. In fact, it is our duty to leave it for the future and the generations to come.
    The wonderful Iraq and the wonderful Iraqis and beautiful Baghdad will always be alive as long as we have great people like you.
    Thanking you with all my heart.
    God bless Iraq and God bless Iraqis.
    Please I would like to poste something here for all of you who can read Arabic:
    بغداد
    هليلة تمنيتج تمريلي
    بغداد يا جرح القلب وينج درجعليلي
    حنيت لترابــج انا و الفركة تجويني
    والشوك ذكرني بوكت جنتــــي تحضنيني
    تذكرين يا شدة ورد بلونــج سحرتيني
    ليش ذبلان الورد وزعلانة يا عيني
    بغداد يا شمعة انطفت بالظلمة عفتيني
    وظليت تايه انا .. ياهو اليدليني ؟؟

    عراقي وافتخر .. واللي ما يعجبه ينتحر .. كالوا شبيك رافع راسك وعينك كوية .. كلت العفو كل الناس بشر بس اني جنسيتي عراقية .. الغربة ما تنراد بس والله مجبور .. عمرك شفت عدل يسكن بالكبور .. ياعراق انهض كوم واسند علينا .. بدموعنا نسكي اليابس و نشيلك بدينا .. عراقي واصيح بعالي صوتي .. واضل للموت جنسيتي عراقي .. واذا مستثقل اسمي .. هم اجي وياك شيل ال( ع) هم ابقى اني راقي .. حنيت انا لبغداد ولشوفة الناس .. واللي ما يحب بغداد ما عنده احساس

  84. Zaid Says:

    Rashaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa cutie

  85. Rasha Says:

    I just recently heard that besides the forbidden salad in Baghdad, there is something going on about how it is forbidden to put tomatoes and cucumbers in the same shopping bag because tomatoes are is feminine in Arabic and cucumbers are masculine. Is this non sense true? please someone tell because I am going crazy….

  86. Sarah Says:

    truly amazing stories. I can not wait to see more!

  87. Annie Says:

    Forbidden Salad- That’s ridiculous! Kudos to your family for ignoring what the extremnists say! -sigh- people these days..

    Brains on Campus- Ewwww! That’s disgusting and disturbing.. :s Gosh.. sooner or later, everyone you know would probably take a hit..

  88. Amanda from Canada Says:

    Please know there are millions of North Americans praying for and working towards peace.

    Television news, I think, is meant to make us feel hopeless and helpless - I refuse to feel that way anymore so I stopped watching it. Instead I pray, and visualise peace for the middle east and the world - I don’t know what else to do!

    I am grateful to see these videos and excited to see more. A thousand blessings for you!

  89. Karen Says:

    Amazing, I was just thinking at work today that I wish there was some way to contact Iraqis and let them know that we (americans) are not all in support of this war, and this president is going to do what he’s going to do regardless of public opinion (can’t wait until he’s gone!) A woman I was working with today mentioned something I decided to look up and 3 web-sites later I see your site. I’ve been transfixed, I have to get some sleep now, but be sure I will let everyone I know about your site. Keep up the good work!!!!

  90. Karen Says:

    Anyone interested please go to kennywhite.net and check out the song “how long” I wanted to post the lyrics here, but I’m pretty sure copyright laws would not permit it. It’s a folk song about bush/cheney/war/american people. Also have you guys thought about contacting http://www.kiva.org it’s an organization that provides zero interest loans to people around the world for various business opportunities and it’s funded by people who donate $25-??? Great site. Hope this helps, you are in my prayers!

    Karen

  91. VALDIRENE Says:

    OF BRAZIL FOR THE IRAQUIAN YOUTHS.ADEL
    I am INTERCEDING TO THE GOD IN YOUR HELP.
    JESUS CRISTO can GIVE ETERNAL LIFE FOR YOU!
    GIVE ITS LIFE FOR JESUS CRISTO.Because He gave his life for you in the cross.He transforms the life.

  92. Sue Says:

    Dear Ausama,

    Thank you for putting your faces, your life on the internet for the world to see. If only President Bush had the heart to realize how we americans feel. All of my friends and family feel it is a disgrace, what is going on in your country. My friends who are soldiers tell me how kind beautiful the Iraqi people are. How they do not deserve this. I am so happy to be able to look into your lives and see for myself that you are no different than me, in the heart.

    I promise you, as a citizen and a voter, I will do what I can to help get us out of your business. We have no right to be in your hometown.

    I will remember you in my prayers, humble as they are.

    Sue

  93. Ammar Says:

    Hey u guys. Really speechless. Ur just geniouses. Hope ur all safe and well.
    Cheers.

  94. Noreen Moustafa Says:

    I just wanted to let you know that your story has been heard and I respect your courage for sharing it with us. I wish you and your family peace in this most difficult of times. I am committing myself to do what I can to help you and the good people of your country return to some sense of normalcy. Your uncl did not die for no reason

  95. hans mohamed Says:

    why do the iraqi people not want a democratic society? Is it because they are not that evolved as a people? Is there any muslim country that is democratic? Is there any muslim country at all that isn’t ran by a king or a dictater? I have so many questions about these people. I do know why the Americans can’t win the war in Iraq. It’s because the war is against muslim extremist who choose to use Iraq as the battlefield on which to engage the Americans. These extremist don’t care for the Iraqis or thier country. The Americans don’t realize the resolve of the Islamic fundamentalist to wage war upon the “infidels”. It seems to me to just be a war of religon

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