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. 

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