iraq - no peace without justice
The Saddam regime caused untold suffering for an estimated 10 million people and put more than two million people to death. Hardly a single family in Iraq has been unaffected. The atrocities are documented in hundreds of thousands of files rescued from the archives of the secret police. These files are currently being analyzed by the 'Freedom Prisoners Society' in Baghdad. Shortly after the fall of the dictator, the physician and artist Ibrahim Al-Basri founded the first organiszation to help the victims, the 'Iraqi Humanity Association for Victims of Saddam´s Regime.' Al-Basri studied sports-medicine in the GDR in the 1960s and initially held a prominent position in Saddam Hussein´s team of doctors. Over the years, he became a critic of the regime and then an opponent and was eventually arrested and tortured. His organization, which now numbers over 40,000 members, demands medical and therapeutic help, compensation and participation in political decisions. Both of the filmmakers have accompanied the persons mentioned here for more than a year.