A project realised, curated and produced by Sara Manisera and Arianna Pagani

with the support of Un Ponte Per

within the project Frame, Voice, Report!

Iraq, the country of rivers, the country of the Tigris and the Euphrates, is losing its water resources.

Climate change, drought, upstream dams in Turkey and Iran, pollution and mismanagement are putting the Tigris, the Euphrates and the Mesopotamian marshes, one of the largest wetlands in the world, at risk.

The water crisis is complex, with multiple factors and can be the cause of future conflicts.

“Iraq without water” is a multimedia and interactive webdoc that tells the story of a group of young Iraqi environmentalists and water defenders fighting for the right to water. As in many countries around the world, young people are taking to the streets to defend the environment and claim their right to a dignified future, also in Iraq young people are fighting to protect water and the environment.

This journey “on water” starts in Mosul, a city located on the western bank of the Tigris River and ends in Basra, the city located on Shatṭ Al-ʿArab, the watercourse formed by the union of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. It crosses Suleymaniyah, Baghdad, and the Mesopotamian marshes, deeply affected by drought and pollution.

The protagonists of “Iraq without water” are young Iraqis – born before or during the US invasion in 2003 – who are trying to defend their rivers and the right to clean water. At each stage of this journey, one or two protagonists will explain what the problems in Iraq are and how they are trying to raise public awareness at national and international level.

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A project realised, curated and produced by Sara Manisera and Arianna Pagani

Hero, Amena, Raja, Zaynab

Four women, four languages, four communities, four professions.
Four wonderful courageous stories in four different cities, in one country: war-torn Iraq.

At the heart of the web documentary Women out of Darkness – the trailer for which you can watch at the end of this feature – are the stories of these four women told by journalist Sara Manisera and photojournalist Arianna Pagani. They perfectly intertwine these women’s voices and lives in Iraq at different times and stages, from memories of Armenians’ genocide, when the displaced found refuge in Iraq, to the recent occupation of the Islamic State group, where millions of Iraqis once again became refugees and displaced in their own country. 

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Those who talk about this project:
«The two journalists chose the format of a webdoc to allow readers and viewers to deepen their knowledge about Iraq.»
«Un racconto polifonico, al femminile, di questi quindici anni nei quali la società irachena è stata lacerata da una guerra che ha mentito sulle ragioni e fallito negli obiettivi.»
«Il 20 marzo 2003 iniziava la Seconda guerra del Golfo. Le due reporter italiane Arianna Pagani e Sara Manisera hanno lanciato un progetto dal basso per raccontare storie di riscatto femminile.»
«Quindici anni dopo l'invasione dell'Iraq, il documentario interattivo "Donne Fuori dal Buio" racconta com'è ripresa la vita delle donne che si sono rialzate.»
«E’ una carrellata di passioni che documentano attraverso le storie e le speranze di molte donne incontrate lungo il percorso.»