Kurdish Filmmaker Details Anfal Atrocities
By Brian Padden*
The genocide trial of Saddam Hussein for a military operation against Iraqi Kurds two decades
ago, has brought the Anfal campaign back into the headlines. Prosecutors say 180,000 Kurds
were killed and thousands of villages wiped out.
Kurdish-American filmmaker Jano Rosebiani has sought to convey
the magnitude of the devastation in a series of documentary films,
allowing victims and survivors to tell their own stories.
A Kurdish mother's anguish as she recalls how her husband and
eight children were killed during the Iraqi Anfal campaign, is one of
many emotional interviews in Jano Rosebiani's documentary, called
making Mass Graves was to bring to light the atrocities that occurred
during the rule of Saddam Hussein. Jano Rosebiani
"I felt like no one was actually doing any films or documentaries in detail, nothing deep enough to
really get the viewer outside of the region to really understand the tragedy that took place here, or
the extent of it, the fact that we can actually call it genocide," he said.
Rosebiani produced three documentaries, Mass
Graves, Chemical Ali and Weapon of Mass
Hussein's regime through eyewitness accounts.
People tell of seeing their loved one tortured and
killed in front of them, of being forced to flee their
homes, of surviving chemical attacks and of the
sense of isolation.
refugee camp, but officials there refused to
acknowledge that he was a victim of a chemical
said. "They would tell us to shut our mouths. They
would say, 'you have been burned by fire.'"
Iraqi military, documenting torture and killings.
Rosebiani says the films are hard to watch.
"It was really a nightmare to go through it," he added. "I would look at my [the] babies, and start
thinking of the stories they were telling me about, what was happening to their babies. You know,
sometimes I feel like I would go mad."
Now that Saddam Hussein and six of his former military commanders are on trial for genocide
against the Kurds, there is a sense of satisfaction for Rosebiani. He says his films set the stage
for the current trial by making the case against Saddam in the court of world opinion.
26 August 2006
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