Episode 12 - "Exams"

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

Viewer Comments

Congrats Ausama on passing the exams! You must be excited and your parents must be proud. Is it hard to get a visa to England and the U.S. from Iraq? I see when the women are parting ways they kiss many times on alternate cheeks. What is the customary number of times? Do men and women do this, too? Men/Men? What are some ways Iraqi men and women greet and depart? Your friend, Tracy
Posted on: April 09, 2007

Wow there are so many beautiful women! And Ausama seems to be chatting them all up! :0) I don't why I thought more women would be wearing burqas.
Posted on: April 09, 2007

I just wanted to say I LOVE YOU ALL IRAQIS ON THIS SITE. Take care and keep up the good work! Love Nadia
Posted on: April 09, 2007

lol, yeah come to England Ausama. Actually, don't. England sucks. True, you wont (usually) get bombed or shot at when walking down the street ( well actually it depends on where you are...). But the government sucks, the whole country is being dragged downhill by them, especially the health and education system. We have a surplus of doctors because the government is downsizing the healthcare system, because its hugely in debt. Lots of doctors are being forced to move abroad because they cant get work. I wouldnt recommed france or the USA either. Maybe somewhere like Italy or Germany? But I guess you cant really pick and choose. Godd luck.
Posted on: April 09, 2007

This is a wonderful site and an incredibly moving project. But I wonder, no female 20-somethings in Iraq would be profiled? I'd like to hear from some young women, like me, as well as these great guys.
Posted on: April 09, 2007

Dear All , Thank you so much for your comments again . Tracy , thank you for your congrats .... it was hard during the situation to have those exams at date , but we managed to do them at the end. and concerning the kisses , usually it's 3 or 4 kisses ... and it's only female - female , or guy-guy .. it's a middle eastern costum. few people do the male-female kiss. It's very hard to get a visa to any european country or the united states and canada , actually it's even hard now to enter Jordan huh ! Amelia , alot of Iraqi Girls are beutifull ... ( thank god i know alot of them :D ) . Nadia , I don't know how to thank you 2 ... (if you're the same nadia in aliveinbaghdad ) then i actually wanted to tell you thank you so much for everything ! and by the way you have an arabian name , Nadia ! Bedlam , I would love to visit England one day , unfortunatley it's not an easy thing to do like I mentioned earlier. Julia , I hoped that there would be other female participant in the series with us , and there used to be , but due to the current dangerous situation they refused to continue . however I hope that the ones in the vedio and the coming responds from them here in the site would be fair. If you all Need anything just ask and hopefully I could be in Help . Thank you
Posted on: April 09, 2007

Firstly well done all of you for managing to get through exams in such difficult times, and all the best for whatever your future may hold. Secondly thank you for showing a tiny fraction of the ساحة كلية ألطب the little sqaure benches I remember well, the labs have changed همزين, and when did all the شخابيط على ألحيطان happen?
Posted on: April 09, 2007

its nice 2 c this episode here , it reminded me of that day, the final day of our examz, i finished the 5th year ! ... which was full of beautiful & sad moments ... beautiful 1s were among my friends, goin 2 college , takin lectures regularly, & then hangin out , just like college guys do anywhere ... but unfortunaetly it turned 2 b sad sometimes when seein some of our beloved ppl leavin ... either by travelin , bein threatened 2 leave, kidnapped or even killed ! ... i remember at that day , i said goodbye 2 a close friend, she was travelin 2 USA, coz she had 2 leave with all her family, as u may know the terribly weired situation, forcin most of Iraqi families 2 find a way out ! ... Amelia ... i understand y u thought all Iraqi women wear burqas, coz this is what the media show about us , let me tell u , am the girl who is wearin blue in this video , talkin 2 Ausama after the exam, & most of girls in my age dress like u saw in this video :) & Julia ... am 24 years old , & most of those girls whom u saw in this video r my age , hope u can take a more clarified idea about Iraqi young girls :)
Posted on: April 09, 2007

dude u should sooo come to america. pretty fun stuff. acutally there are a lot of irawis around where i live but they have been here a while like pre gulf war... so ya good luck! hope u get good marks.... -Pinky
Posted on: April 09, 2007

Ausama - Thanks for answering my question concerning the kissing custom :) Best wishes. Awaiting the next video :) Tracy
Posted on: April 09, 2007

in the name of Allah well Oussama , good job. it's really clear that you are so smart and you have a lot of energy as all iraquis, masha'Allah. but there is some thing i want say it : you, Adel and Saif are great persons wallahi im sooooo proud of, but i would love if this work you guys are doing will be in the name of "WE" i mean i know you have ur own dreams, also ur own plans-- if we all will think only about our selves there will not be a world-- Iraq is the best country ever and the oldest and most smart ppl are iraquis so even if u come to USA or u go anywhere make ur first goal is: to help ur country and ppl like you; to honor ur country that gave ya love , ur country where u first steps dont leave it now alone . Oussam that counrty need u and me and all ppl who believe in honor and who are proud of that amazing land, if we cant help iraq and iraquis by sthg else, our education will be the weapon. when you grow up you will dream to teach ur own ppl medicine, the ppl who are like you in the old lovely days. sorry for this journal, I just love Iraq so much and im proud that my mom's grand grand...pa is from Iraq but also coz i care about you and her and him and all iraquis and all humanity, Im here to tell you and the ppl who helped ya: you are heros. salam wr wb
Posted on: April 09, 2007

Ausama, I would recommend Scotland, since everybody else is giving suggestions. But really, congratulations on your exam!!! So much I am hoping for a better future for you, your fellow Iraqis and your country.
Posted on: April 09, 2007

I would just like to say that this project is one of the finest pieces of work I have seen. This gives a very realistic image of life in Baghdad in which I can relate to. I wish the best for all your friends and family. Best of luck in your study in medicine. You and your family are welcome to the United States of America! John
Posted on: April 09, 2007

My dear Friend 3eeraqi Medic , Thank you so much for your nice comment, yes that was indeed the medical college centre , those walls ( with all the writings ) were all painted in the last year graduation vestival. that was the last thing we did fun in college as i remmeber and it even was so dangerous to do it , we had police around the college searching all the students for everything ... it was like passing through several checkpoints till you get to enter the college. I guess you're an old graduate ? hope you're doing well . are you in Iraq or outside ? Thank you again , Be safe
Posted on: April 10, 2007

i love this series but i always get this weird sense when i watch it. they are living in a war zone yet we never get to hear their thoughts on the situation such as how do they feel about the saddam situation: did they like him?. did the yhate him? what did they think about the hanging? what did they think about the staged event of pulling down the statue (google it), what they think about america? surely if they've filmed hours of amterial they must have some stuff to say about the invasion and occupation. i'm sure everyone who watches these would love to have answers to these qs but instead we get average day to day chatter, which is ok. america ia so evil. they have been deliberately stirring up racial tension in iraq so that they cant leave. you know they've built 13 permanent bases there now! WTF! that is so rude! its not their country! i fuckin hate USA
Posted on: April 10, 2007

Ausama Glad you enjoyed your graduation, do you still get a graduation photo taken in front of the main gate?. In sequence the answers to your questions are yes many moons ago, well, and outside, stay safe.
Posted on: April 10, 2007

Hello Ausama, I am happy to see such educated people producing these great videos about Iraq, so i passed on the site address to everyone i know! In fact, i just finished from writing an e-mail to Mike, with notes about this site, he was glad i did! Anyways, Congratulations for graduating, and keep up the good work. will be back to check your new posts.
Posted on: April 10, 2007

I've been following this site since I think the 8th film when it hit big on Digg. You guys have done an amazing job of conveying a fragile moments in the life of Iraq. I can't imagine the life that you all live and it pains me to know that such amazing people have to go through what all of you do(though you are lucky for having some amazingly Beautiful women I would love to meet them!!) :) ) I hope the best for all of you and hope that one day the country will be a place that can be a peaceful place to live. If you are ever in my neck of the woods, you are more than welcome to hit me up. Mark from Los Angeles, California USA (not all of us are evil Timbo)
Posted on: April 11, 2007

That's the Medical College cafeteria. Brings back very nice memories. Good luck to you all and stay safe.
Posted on: April 11, 2007

Hello everybody , Pearly Flower , thank you so much ... we've done that to show the world what our people and country are like ! I love my country , I hope I could help and take it to be a better and wonderful place hopefully some day . Jasmine , thank you ... I appreciate your invitation , who knows i might be able to visit scotland someday ! John ... thanks Timbo , I think the coming vedios will answer your questions , if you find that non of your questions were answered , you can always ask and I hopefully I could answer ! in the mean time , I wrote a blog a while ago on aliveinbaghdad.org .. the link to the blog is on the first page here in this site . read it and read the comments ! IraqiMedic , yes they still take the graduation picture infront of the main gate ... thank you but it wasn't my graduation I'm still a junior student. Glad your fine. Noor , Thank youu so much for that ... I really appreciate what you said and think , I just hope we're reflecting a good picture about our people. please if you have any note about this work tell me please. thank you Noor . Mark , great .. Keep watching the vedios please ! Zeyad thank you
Posted on: April 11, 2007

Ah you heard about what i said to Mike? well, i just hoped that might improve the website, but it is great anyways, and now i am a regular here, and i invited all my friends to come and see your great effort! wish you all the best,
Posted on: April 11, 2007

Salam Ausama, Amazing videos, please keep them coming! It is great being able to see the daily lives of Iraqi students; I'm an Iraqi of the same age but born and brought up in the UK so seeing how you guys live and study is really unique and insightful. The exodus of Iraqi doctors to the West throughout the past few decades has really had a negative impact on what is left of the healthcare system now in Iraq so I reiterate some of the points made earlier in that I hope you decide to stay in Iraq after graduation and help your fellow Iraqis. Although this is very easy for me to say when I am not living in Iraq and not having to face the daily sound of bullets, kidnappings etc. Allah sa'idcum!! If you need any help then please get in touch and the Iraqi community here in the UK would only be happy to help you in any way. I wish you all the success in the world Inshallah, Take care and Allah we'ach.
Posted on: April 12, 2007

hi , I admire u , bcz u do ur best to get a good qualification and u wanna help people as a doctor. Remember that there r many , many people who r with all of u (I mean guys who show how life in Iraq look like) from all continents , students from Middle Europe :) who will always mentally support u. Do ur best in college, good luck greetings from Middle Europe :)
Posted on: April 13, 2007

I must say that I am greatly impressed by your site, and I am glad that you have not sunk the contents of your site into the misery of politics. I know the politics is terrible, but I know next to nothing about the reality of Iraq, and nothing from the Iraqi perspective. Mostly I am concerned by your opinion "that there is no future." Obviously that is not true, because even if the future is bleak, there is still a future. As an American I want to know what your hopes and dreams are. Obviously you love your country, as much as I love mine, and if you love your country then there is definitely hope. And if you have hope, then obviously you must have a dream to bring that hope to life. Please write me back and let me know if you disagree with me or agree with me. Or if you have no time to write me, at least keep posting videos of you and your friends lives, because I want to know more about the reality of Iraq. Very Respectfully Cal
Posted on: April 14, 2007

Dear Cal , I love my country , my community and my people ... unfortunatley the situation here is continuously deteriorating and day by day we're getting the feeling that we're helpless . It's going to be hard for me to live a normal life if I'm going to stay under the current circumstances , that's why I and most of my collegues think of leaving the country ,to flee from the danger and to get a degree in my major and hopefully one day things will go back to normal where we could live a normal descent life in our country , and that's when we will go back. I honestly feel if me and my familly will stay here , one of us -god forbid- might get killed , and at that time regret will help in nothing ! I do have hope , otherwise I wouldn't stay (after 4 years of continous violence) in Iraq ! I'm also here to reply please keep posting Thank you
Posted on: April 15, 2007

I'm so addicted to these videos. I'm in medical school as well, but in Australia! I wish they let us sit next to our friends in exams, that would be a big help for me haha It's really good to be able to compare schools, and see how people in other countries deal with the same situations like exams, when they are in such a different situation because of war and politics. My mother went to school in eastern Turkey and she always tells me to be very grateful for my school here in Australia. I feel really grateful to everyone who made these videos.
Posted on: April 15, 2007

Dear Tegan , Wow , another medical student ... and from australia , wow wonderful . you know we used to sit in another hall , but those exams were for some reason done in one of the labs .... those were different stages' students sitting next to each other ! thank you for watching , hopefully we can talk more about our schools soon. Ausama
Posted on: April 17, 2007

Ausama, Medical students are awesome! (it's true) Watching the videos is the least I can do, we should all be thanking you for helping to make them. So, thank you! I would love to learn more about your medical school and tell you about mine, do you have email? It's much easier to access and reply. Tegan
Posted on: April 17, 2007

Hi! I came across this site through a frds page on yahoo360. I love the blogumentry. Now, I'm just curious to see more of your blogs and videos. And, I just want to say, You guys are the best! for all that your going thru as a nation and still having a positive outlook on life. Congrats on passing the exam, err, Dr!! Haha
Posted on: April 21, 2007

Ausama, I feel guilty for what has happened to your Country, and everyone in my family wishes that we could do something to make your families lives better. I am obessed with this video serious and have watched every episode. I am at a loss of a way to express myself adequately. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. You also speak very good English.....better than some Americans...LOL Be careful, but please keep the vids coming our way.
Posted on: May 11, 2007

Hi there... I saw many of your videos...I`ll be short. I do not know are you guys and girls finished your med school,but if you wonna get out of Iraq,you could try with Bosnia. It`s in Europa,it peacefull,and you can continue your education. Most of all,it is not so hard to get visa,and life is not expansive like in west-Europa.You can afford it. Chack it out,Tuzla city: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGosZ71rQCE I left my e-mail for contact,here and on youtube. Upper slide show is mine,so you can contact me over youtube.
Posted on: August 13, 2007


  1. Brains on Campus

  2. The Dentist

  3. Forbidden Salad

  4. Powerless

  5. Songs of Pain

  6. Abdullah Leaves

  7. Symphony of Bullets

  8. Last Resort

  9. Iraqis Shooting Each Other

  10. Mentally F'ed Up

  11. Saif Heart Noor

  12. Exams

  13. Hidden Camera

  14. Barbwire

  15. Kiss and Tell

  16. Across The River

  17. Hubbly Bubbly

  18. Anger Pain Death Madness

  19. Security

  20. Liberation

  21. My Best Friend Zaid

  22. Sick of This

  23. Iraqi Man

  24. Troops

  25. The Palace Maid

  26. Beggar At the Gate

  27. Market Boom

  28. Tickets & Popcorn

  29. Nothing But Guitar

  30. Over Here and Over There

  31. City on the Sea

  32. Goodnight, Baghdad

  33. Out of War

  34. Back to Baghdad

  35. Trouble finds Its way

  36. Zaghareet

  37. One of Thousands

  38. Jimi Hendrix