By: Tarik Rasouli
(USA, 2010, 69 min)
Screens: Friday, November 11th, 1:00 pm
In the summer of 2009 , Tarik Rasouli , a 19-year-old Iraqi-American from Minnesota , embarked on a journey to see Iraq for the first time. Tarik went to Iraq to familiarize himself with his history and gain insight regarding how Iraqis felt about the rule of Saddam , Bush’s “ shock and awe ” campaign , and the state of the country.
Using a handheld flip video camera , Tarik tells the story of his journey , meeting his little brother and stepmother for the first time and experiencing first-hand a country that , in another reality , might have been his home.
Born in Fridley, Minnesota, to an Iraqi father and a Palestinian mother, Tarik Rasouli has been attending anti-war rallies since he was a child. He is a student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College working towards a peace studies degree. As a high school student, Rasouli led walkouts with organizations such as Youth Against War and Racism. He has also participated in Americorps in Hawaii, providing resources for homeless people. Iraq, Finally is Rasouli’s first film.