The Distribution

"Camera crews are targeted in Baghdad, so that made our job pretty hard to do. We took serious precautions about where and when to shoot and we stopped our cameras and left the location several times when we sensed that it became too dangerous to shoot there. We had to enter one of the most dangerous and disturbed areas in Baghdad several times to shoot with the cast, and we were stopped by the Iraqi army and police several times to search our car and equipment. Sometimes the crew had to stay the night at the cast's houses because they couldn't leave at night."
-Hometown Baghdad Producer, Fady Hadid

"We faced all of those risks because we believe in what we are doing and the message we want to send to people. We find it worth the risk to show the personal stories of the struggles of ordinary Iraqis."
-Hometown Baghdad Producer, Fady Hadid

The brave Iraqi subjects and crew risked their lives every time they turned on a camera to make this series. They did it to share their stories with the world; to make sure that the voices of regular Iraqis did not remain unheard. And we at Chat the Planet felt it was our duty to make sure that these videos reached as wide an audience as possible. It was and remains our duty to insure that these risks were not taken in vain. To that end, we edited the footage into short-forms and released them directly online. We hoped that viewers would pitch in on the distribution effort and send the videos around to friends. We hoped that blogs would regularly post our episodes. And we hoped that the mainstream press would notice and bring even more attention to us. We went into this believing that the internet is the world's most powerful distribution system and we were not disappointed. The videos have been viewed millions of times on hundreds if not thousands of different blogs and websites. And despite the fact that there are no new episodes, the series continues to expand its audience. We hope that Hometown Baghdad will never stop growing and that the stories of Adel, Saif and Ausama will continue to reach new viewers for years to come. So if you haven't already, please pass this website on to new people and show them a side of Iraq that they probably never knew existed.