Birth of a Monster
Selected at Prix Europa Berlin 2017
For the past 12 years, journalist Paul Moreira has travelled extensively in Iraq. In this personal film, he goes in search of the men he filmed back in 2003, at the very beginning of the American occupation. Through their stories, and by tracing the roots of ISIS to the arrival of Abu Mousab Al-Zarqawi and America’s handling of the resistance, he tells the story of how Iraq became such a fractured nation. He also explains how events in Iraq came to trigger attacks in Europe.