Zainab makes sacrifices before she embarks on this journey. She leaves her family in Leeds, especially her young son who depends on her as he struggles with Multiple Sclerosis. Is she abandoning him like her father abandoned her 40 years ago? Traveling to London, Zainab meets Dr Yakub who was her father's best friend when they were pupils at a private Christian School in Baghdad. Zainab prods him for stories about the time her father was “more interested in partying with girls than in assassinating Saddam.”
Eventually returning to Iraq, Zainab meets Dr Zuhair, the government medic who supervised her father’s execution. Initially reluctant to talk, Dr Zuhair finally opens up, as if he had been waiting 40 years for someone to come and ask him about Dr Ghazi. He reveals the minute by minute account of the torture and interogation and how her father refused to collaborate with Saddam until he was finally executed. (Dr Zuhair has become an important ally on this project and shares with us his own story and trauma after witnessing so many executions before escaping Saddam’s Iraq).
As Zainab meets people and discovers information she opens herself up to difficult emotional and psychological experiences. Experiences which need to be processed. Utilising his psychotherapy training Maythem, as the director behind the camera, is never seen, we only hear his voice and questions. Within this space Maythem’s questions dig deeper into Zainab’s unconscious and encourage her to confront what she experienced as a little girl. Unraveling Zainab's past trauma he guide her on her journey of acceptance and healing. Intertwined within her stories are Zainab's childhood memories, which will be reconstructed in a lyrical child’s eye re-dramatisation.
We have secured exclusive access to the main characters close to Dr Ghazi as well as a special permission from the Iraqi government to film inside Abu Ghraib prison (where Ghazi spent his last hours before he was executed). We have also secured access to interview the most dangerous of perpetrators under the former Saddam regime. Here Zainab will confront those responsible for her father’s execution unraveling the three decades of persecution under Saddam. Will this journey heal Zainab’s open wounds?