Archive for the ‘Ausama’ Category

Episode 16 of 45 - “Across the River”

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

In this episode, Ausama shares one of his favorite places in the world. It is not the last time we see it. To find out what happens there, keep watching.

Episode 15 of 45 - “Kiss and Tell”

Monday, April 16th, 2007

Dating in Iraq has gotten some interesting coverage in the press. And it has been picked up in the blogosphere as well. Here, Hometown Baghdad adds to that with stories from the lives of Adel, Saif and Ausama. And again, the footage with Saif and his wife was shot after they were engaged.

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Episode Twelve - “Exam”

Monday, April 9th, 2007

It’s final exam time at the University of Baghdad and Ausama and his friends discuss the possibility of fleeing Iraq.

In other news, we put up an About Us page with producer bios. Check it out.

Episode 9 of 45 - “Iraqis Shooting Each Other”

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

Making a documentary in a war-zone is inherently dangerous. Film crews in Baghdad are a target. And our producers in Baghdad were not always able to be with the subjects. And this episode uncovers how we dealt with that problem.

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Episode 8 of 45 - “Last Resort”

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

A side of Baghdad that even most Iraqis probably don’t ever see…
Digg it here.

Also, Hometown Baghdad was featured on All Things Considered, a program on NPR (National Public Radio in America). Listen to it here. For those of you outside of America, NPR does incredible work. The quality of their reporting is remarkable. And they made special mention of a conversation between Ed and Zaid in the comments of this blog. Kudos to you guys! So everyone please continue to watch, continue to think, continue to talk, continue to spread these stories from Iraq.

In other news, “Symphony of Bullets” was made popular on Digg today!

Episode 7 of 45 - “Symphony of Bullets”

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Episode seven is here. Gunfire has become the soundtrack to life in Baghdad…and owning a gun seems like a necessity. My close friend and Hometown Baghdad producer extraordinaire Fady once said that at this point standing on a street with a gun in Baghdad is safer than standing on the street with a camera. Please let us know what your reactions are both in the comments on this blog and on the comments on youtube. And help these stories spread by Digging this video here.

From now on, our episodes will debut here at the same time they appear on Youtube also will begin featuring our videos in a more prominent way. This is so important for us because these stories are beginning to reach a bigger and more mainstream audience. I want to see how these extra viewers react to the lives and struggles of Adel, Ausama and Saif.
Update: I had to switch out the youtube with a new version in preparation for their publicizing this video. So please watch it again at youtube and leave comments, favorite it, and rate it. Thanks!

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Episode 4 of 45 - “Powerless”

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

The fourth episode of Hometown Baghdad is live on Salon. This episode is a bit different than the rest in that it features all three of the subjects. Here they are dealing with something that lives with them constantly, threatening to strike unexpectedly at any moment - the loss of power. I really like the way that Salon described it…”Life in the heat — and in a rock band — with no control over electricity.”

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First 3 Webisodes of Hometown Baghdad!

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

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”

Update: For those of you who missed us as the top story on, check this out!
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