28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Journey Inside a City
Journey Inside a City
Journey Inside a City

Journey Inside a City

director: Sarah Munaf
original title: Journey Inside a City
country: Iraq, Türkiye, Germany
year: 2022
running time: 12 min.


This short, autobiographical documentary combines phone monologues, dashboard camera footage, and visual accounts from social media to make a unique, inside look into the life of an up-and-coming female artist from Baghdad who inevitably crosses paths with political turmoil. Munaf documents her journey from her attempts at creating contemporary art in a very limiting environment, the ISIS invasion, and her emigration to Turkey to the invasion of Ukraine where her parents emigrated to.

“We artists always get death threats and threats of violence. We bother them. They hate us and see us as an easy target. This is a subject people don't talk about because it's an everyday thing. Someone gets killed and the next day you have to go to work as if nothing happened.” — Sarah Munaf

Source: Journey Inside the City 2:35-3:03


Sarah Munaf (* 1986) is an up-and-coming artist of Iraqi descent. After ISIS invaded Iraq, she emigrated to Turkey. Munaf belonged to the now-extinct art group Sada, which was founded to support Baghdadi artists.

more about film

director: Sarah Munaf
producer: Rijin Sahakian
script: Sarah Munaf
editing: Noel Paul
sound: Ernst Karel
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas