The Unreturned

Directed by Nathan Fisher
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Iraq’s continuing middle-class refugee disaster is a crucial but unacknowledged reason why peace in Iraq remains so elusive. Forty percent of Iraq’s professional class is now displaced in neighboring countries. This is an unmitigated disaster for Iraq, a shattered nation that desperately needs its native professional class to help rebuild.

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The UnreturnedThe Unreturned, filmed in Syria and Jordan, lets the displaced Iraqi middle class speak for itself. Shot in verité style, the film vividly portrays the lives of five displaced Iraqis from different ethnicities and religions. Caught in an absurdist purgatory of endless bureaucracy, dwindling life savings, and forced idleness, these refugees nevertheless radiate vitality and warmth. With an unflinching eye, candid dialogue, and a subtle touch of humor, The Unreturned captures scenes of daily life that are both personal and illustrative of the larger issues facing Iraq.

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Nathan Fisher received an MA in documentary film from the New School University in New York. He previously was a producer and assistant editor for GIMME DELTA! (2008), a documentary on suburban development and urban sprawl in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was recently awarded a Jerome Foundation grant for emerging artists.

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