Sertschawan (Bei Meinen Augen) (1993)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Switzerland   |  
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The ongoing war of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq against the Kurdish population in the north of that country is the subject of this documentary, which takes special note of the chemical warfare he has waged upon them. The history of the regime's program of extermination of this ancient group is detailed, and survivors of the chemical warfare attacks are interviewed. Since 1978, over 4,000 villages have been attacked in one way or another, and many Kurds have been forced to take refuge over the border, among their relatives in Iran. Ironically, there is no place in the Middle East where these people can safely live, as the Turkish government and Iranian governments are also frequently hostile to them. Thus, they shuttle back and forth from one area of relative safety to another, as persecution against them heats up in one country or the other. One highlight of the film is the glimpse it gives into the daily lives of this poorly understood people and their culture.