Episode 9 - "Iraqis Shooting Each Other"

Ausama, Adel and Saif receive video cameras to record their lives when our crew is not around.

Viewer Comments

omg..... new video!!! but shit.... we cant access this at skool. its youtube. -pinky
Posted on: April 02, 2007

i finally watched it! its good! haha i thought at 1st this was like u no... guns. i guess not! hehe
Posted on: April 02, 2007

This one might be my favorite so far. It's subtle, but your senses of humor come through very nicely. The video editing also communicates the atmosphere of you guys at play.
Posted on: April 02, 2007

yuppies thats wat i thought -Pinky
Posted on: April 02, 2007

The lack of reporters in Baghdad is being a serious problem for Western broadcasting companies. As all professional journalists end to be targeted and leaving the country, now it seems that the new trend among broadcasting corporations is using young Iraqis to personally report their lives. Let´s say that BBC could be doing that since long time ago and hiding their commissioned collaborations under the shape of bloggers´contributions. Young Iraqis can get inside situations foreigners never could and they are now doing what the rest of the world want to see from the sofas of their safe houses. Iraqis are treated as cheap workers for very dangerous works that are incredibly well paid outside Iraq, but Iraqis can not even guess how trendy is a new vision of Iraq... Will the organization of this blog really change the lives of those who are risking their lives to make these reports? I mean, it is not just giving them some cameras and fame as if they were the "colonized natives aborigines," we are speaking about human lives. I really hope you will find for those people and their families a permanent resident status outside Iraq. If not, I suggest taking really mature Iraqis for your project. If not, it could seem very opportunistic.
Posted on: April 02, 2007

Hi, Thanks a lot for publishing these. I was wondering what was happening to the Iraqi middle class after the imposed 'war'. This helps a lot. Regards Purushottam
Posted on: April 02, 2007

I found this series today, and I'm really excited about it. I have some friends in Iraq, Iraqi friends I mean, and I'm going to pass this along to them, and to my American friends as well of course.
Posted on: April 02, 2007

The work in this episode is amazing. the direction, the montage, and everything.
Posted on: April 02, 2007

Ahdamer, Thank you so much for your note. You raise a really good point that the Iraqi participants and crew risked a lot to make this series. It was never our intention to exploit this risk for any kind of gain. Hometown Baghdad was created by an Iraqi-crew and an American organization to address the way that our media was dehumanizing and marginalizing young, everyday Iraqis. So the project was undertaken as a joint Iraqi-American effort and our Iraqi partners had final word on every decision regarding safety and exposure. We don’t expect to solve the world’s problems simply by helping Iraqis reveal their lives. We hope with genuine sincerity to bring humanity and compassion to the forefront of the media that surrounds Iraq and Iraqis. And if you ever have any more thoughts or concerns, please don’t hesitate to leave more messages or contact me at my private email which can be found on this site. Best, Mike
Posted on: April 03, 2007

Ahdamer, I think you made me more proud of myself. Because I am posting an untold story, all you see in media is blood, turban and bomb. but the true story of tolerance, living in danger, intention to do things we are born to do and most important thing is go after our dream.so I just want to thank you for this great note.
Posted on: April 03, 2007

Here's another good website in addition to the one I posted earlier. http://www.iraqoillaw.com/ Be safe and strong guys. Iraq will be back - secure, independent, and beloved among nations for your resilience.
Posted on: April 03, 2007

u guys... i totally agree, in america our press is sooo filtered,. i must say to country is sinking it=n its duties.... i hope iraq makes us proud... -pinky
Posted on: April 03, 2007

Just wanted to say "thank you". I love your videos. I myself have a new eye of what the youth in Iraq face. No I can not imagine living that way. Thank you for bringing light to my world that even in war we can love, live and have hope for our future.
Posted on: April 03, 2007

and u no wat else sux.... i have to make this web site for html class about saddam hussein. and i hate the guy....
Posted on: April 03, 2007

Thank you people for this interst in the series. I think we all can make a change by advertising,posting comments and rating on all the related website of HOMETOWN BAGHDAD. thank you all.
Posted on: April 03, 2007

I love the play on words and the editing is terrific. This could be something on MTV. I hope some big "shots" ;) are paying attention and can give your films the exposure and audience they deserve. By the way - I love just as much to hear you guys speak English with such a lovely accents as I love to hear you speak your native language. Is it Farsi or Arabic? (Excuse the American ignorance.)
Posted on: April 04, 2007

Hey guys, Great work here! A really informative and interesting series. Thanks for educating us. Can you educate me further? I was wondering what camcorder that is? I am about to begin making travel videos somewhat along the lines of what you are doing and am camcorder shopping. The quality looks good, so Im curious. Keep up the good work! -Craig
Posted on: April 06, 2007

ausama is so sweet, lol
Posted on: April 06, 2007

This is just awesome
Posted on: April 07, 2007

Tracy thank you so much .. I really hope it would be on MTV as well and about the language, It's Arabic , languages in Iraq are Arabic and kurdish only , and since we're arabs then we speak arabic. Craig ,thank you too .. the Camera is Panasonic 3CCD PV-GS500 , it's very nice . Take Care
Posted on: April 07, 2007

bedlam thank youu :) , appreciate it
Posted on: April 07, 2007

Saif, I really respect you and I feel very sorry for your situation, even though I feel you are endangering yourself and your family and I do not think this is something to be proud of. But it is your decision, of course. I wish you all the best and to your family. Mike, You said that your "Iraqi partners" had final word on every decision regarding safety and exposure... but my point is not that. Your "partners" are very young people and because of that and their specific situation they are not able to see the whole picture. Just a few digital cameras and some ephemeral fame on YouTube should not be a cheap prize against their safety, even if they do not care.
Posted on: April 07, 2007

Ausama - Thank you for answering my question.
Posted on: April 08, 2007

:D hahaha - ausama is that you dancing around in front of the camera? you're so sweet. nice video peeps. nice cameras.
Posted on: April 21, 2007

Lelly , that was me celebrating the winning of Italy's football team in the last world cup ..... ! ! ! :)
Posted on: April 21, 2007

hah! EN-GER-LAND!!! Why does everyone support italia? Whats so good about them? Thanks for explaining the crazy dancing, Ausama
Posted on: April 23, 2007

SaLLam.. I just want to say although the video u guys are making are very sad but it makes me feel like I am back home..It tells the truth the madia is heading plus I can see BAGHDAD el7beba..Honestly I feel really bad about what's going on and how everyone in IRAQ is suvering..aLLah ekon wyakom inshaLLah..God bless everyone in IRAQ..Also I just want to say that I am very happy and proud to see how breave are the men of my country..
Posted on: May 09, 2007

I loved this episode ^_^ one of my faves.. especially because it's so light-hearted :D and I'm so happy it's on this site.. 'cause i hate having to post what i want to say in more than one comment on YouTube :x lol. Favoured it on YouTube :D The comments made were hilarious.. :D:D:D:D:D I couldn't stop laughing after I watched it :D The whole celebrating part was random but hilarious ^_^ Kudos to you Ausama! I'll be honest here.. the title sure had me fooled! Lol P.S- It still makes me laugh :D
Posted on: June 21, 2007

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  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