After more than two years in captivity with Isis, Yazidi Ghazala and her two small boys are released and return to Iraqi Kurdistan. Four year old Imad is explosively aggressive and his favorite pursuits are stoning rabbits and beheading dogs. With patience and respect, Zahavi Sanjavi has closely followed Imad and his traumatized family for several years. With the help of a teacher, Imad begins to take small steps to find his way back to a normal childhood.

  • Winner Special Mention, Movies That Matter Award, International Competition, Zagrebdox 2022
  • Nominee Big Stamp, International Competition, Zagrebdox 2022
  • Nominee Golden Apricot, Feature Competition, Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival 2021
  • Winner Tempo Documentary Award, Best Documentary, Tempo Documentary Festival 2021
  • Nominee Beyond the Screen Competition, DocAviv Film Festival 2021


Imads Barndom
78 min | 2021
Documentary | Sweden, Latvia & Iraq
Kurdish & Arabic with English subtitles

Director: Zahavi Sanjavi

Saturday, 30 Sep 2023
19.00 Istituto Italiano di Cultura Jakarta

Friday, 6 Oct 2023
19.00 IFI Yogyakarta

Sunday, 8 Oct 2023
14.30 Austrian Embassy