UK pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned British prodco October Films for a mini-series set to explore how the country has changed since the 2003 Iraq War.
Tentatively titled Return to Iraq, the two-hour mini-series follows journalist and former British soldier Adnan Sarwar as he returns to Iraq to explore how the country has changed since the country was ravaged by conflict.
Sarwar arrived in Iraq in 2003 as a 24-year old soldier in the British army and saw how Saddam Hussein’s downfall led to more violence and the rise of ISIS. With ISIS now gone, Sarwar is heading back to Iraq to discover the country beyond what is told in the headlines, from its snowy peaks and arid deserts to ancient hilltop villages.
The series will follow Sarwar as he walks with mine clearing teams in Mosul, joins wildlife conservationists, meets pop-singers, all-female fighting units, archaeologists, oil workers, LGBT activists and ordinary Iraqis from all walks of life.
However, with sectarian violence, ISIS sleeper cells and the daily reality of deadly bombing attacks, Sarwar looks at whether the country can break itself of violence to create a better future.
Return to Iraq is produced and directed by Jamie Berry with executive producers Monica Garnsey and Denman Rooke. BBC2′s Gian Quaglieni commissioned the series.
The series is being launched to the international market by London-based distributor Drive at the 2018 MIPTV market in Cannes.
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourn