Sociologia della Religione

WE, THE LAST CHRISTIANS OF IRAQ

WE, THE LAST CHRISTIANS OF IRAQ

by Emanuela C. Del Re

This documentary-film is the results of a research carried out by prof. Del Re with EPOS between 2013 and June 2015. It shows the lives of the Christian community before and after the attack by the Islamic State to their communities living in Iraq in 2014, offering a unique wide perspective to understand the issue of the persecution of minorities in the Middle East today. The documentary shows the aspirations for the future, the living conditions and the positive vision of the Christians before the attack by the Islamic State (2013), and what has happened thereafter, through the voices of many Christians of Iraq, including the Louis R. Sako, the Patriarch of Baghdad.

In June 2014 the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as Daesh, has brutally conquered the territories inhabited by the Christian, Yazidi and Shabak communities. All the minorities in Iraq are seriously endangered since then and suffer from all sort of violence and deprivations. Many Christians from Iraq have been forced to flee their lands and have found refuge in Iraqi-Kurdistan, in camps. There are now about 250 thousand Christian IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) living in Iraqi-Kurdistan now. Their future is endangered and emigration to safer lands seems to many the only solution. Christians in Iraq have decreased from 1.5 million in 2003 to an estimated 800 thousand in 2015. Their number is decreasing every day.

Prof. Emanuela C. Del Re is a well known expert in geopolitics and conflict studies, minorities, migration and refugee issues. Specialist in the Middle East, Balkans, Caucasus, she is full Professor of Political Sociology and Political Phenomena of the Middle East at the University of Rome. She has carried out field work researches in conflict areas since 1990. She has authored numerous essays and books. Being an expert in Visual Sociology, she has filmed many documentaries. She is the Chair and Founder of EPOS Intl. Mediating and Negotiating Operational Agency, and the Leader and Creator of MY FUTURE project for Syrian Refugees and the reconstruction of the Syrian civil society

Italy 2015, 50′