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The webdoc released on March 20, a significant date that marked the 15th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq.
A project realized, curated and produced by Sara Manisera and Arianna Pagani

Hero, Amena, Raja, Zaynab: Four women, four languages, four communities, four professions. Four wonderful courageous stories in four different cities in one country: war-torn Iraq. At the heart of the web documentary Women out of Darkness – the trailer for which you can watch at the end of this feature – are the stories of these four women told by journalist Sara Manisera and photojournalist Arianna Pagani. They perfectly intertwine these women’s voices and lives in Iraq at different times and stages, from memories of Armenians’ genocide, when the displaced found refuge in Iraq, to the recent occupation of the Islamic State group, where millions of Iraqis once again became refugees and displaced in their own country. “We chose stories where women are first of all the protagonists of their fate and not just mere victims,” Sara Manisera told The New Arab. “We want to give a voice to different communities, even if they are not featured in the documentary, from Sunnis to Shias, to Christians and Kurds. We want to send the message that not only one community is suffering,” Sara adds, noting the suffering of the Yazidi community, as well as the Mazdean, Turkmen and Shabak communities.

Those who talk about this project

Marta Bellingreri speaks to the documentary makers of 'Women out of Darkness,' telling the story of four women by intertwining their lives in Iraq at different times and stages.

Sara Manisera e Arianna Pagani, con lo sviluppo web di Remo Romano, hanno dato vita a un racconto polifonico, al femminile, di questi quindici anni nei quali la società irachena.

Il 20 marzo 2003 iniziava la Seconda guerra del Golfo. Le due reporter italiane Arianna Pagani e Sara Manisera hanno lanciato un progetto dal basso per raccontare storie di riscatto femminile.

Quindici anni dopo l'invasione dell'Iraq, il documentario interattivo «Donne Fuori dal Buio» racconta com'è ripresa la vita delle donne che si sono rialzate.

E’ una carrellata di passioni che documentano attraverso le storie e le speranze di molte donne incontrate lungo il percorso.

La guerra e la forza delle donne

Panel presented by Marta Serafini ( Corriere della Sera )

and with Laura Aprati ( journalist ), Marco Bova ( video maker ), Sara Manisera ( journalist ), Arianna Pagani ( photographer )
International Journalism Festival 2018
Perugia, Italy