For everyone who has been following the comments on this blog for a while, Zaid should be a familiar figure. He’s the one inviting people to the banks of the Tigris to jam on the guitar and the one writing beautiful lamentations about life in Iraq. In today’s episode, Saif introduces us a little more to his best friend Zaid.
If you’re new to this series, catch up on previous installments using the episode guide to the left. If you’re a regular, check out our new episode below…
Nearly everyone who has seen Hometown Baghdad has been desperate to know what Saif,Adel and Ausama think about the American invasion/occupation. After having seen how it has affected their lives, their families and their friends, we now get to hear them talk honestly about it.
And a special hello to new visitors to this site who saw us on CNN in the US, Swiss TV, Swedish TV and all the other great media outlets that are helping us further the awareness of these Iraqi voices.
Saif says that there are three things in life that he can not live without. One is his guitar and we got a taste of his playing in “Abudullah Leaves.” The second is Noor - his wife and soulmate who we got to know in “Saif Heart Noor.” And today’s video is a tribute to the third love of his life. Enjoy.
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.
In this episode, Saif shows how he has tried to barricade in his house to protect himself from the danger outside. It’s a lockdown in Zayouna…
Wow. Don’t know if everyone reads the comments, but Hometown Baghdad reader and viewer Tracy made some awesome Hometown Baghdad banner ads for bloggers to include in their blogs. It’s an honor to have her do that for us…and without even asking! Check them out here.
I want to include one here so you know what I’m talking about (I hope this is alright Tracy!).
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.
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 Salon.com. 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!