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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bishari Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 46 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2003
Available in French: No

Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Shelley Saywell, returns to post-war Iraq to follow up on her critically-acclaimed documentary GENERATION OF HATE which tapped into the hearts and minds of young Iraqis on the eve of war, giving viewers a rare glimpse of life behind the Saddam posters.

Featured in this program are -
Ail Naim - like most Shia in southern Iraq, was happy to see the Saddam regime toppled. But that doesn't mean he's happy about the American occupation.

13 year old Aqeil worked making chain links to support his mother and six younger siblings. Since the war he's been out of a job. He and his family are now terrified to venture out into the violent streets of Baghdad. -

Zaineb Hussain, an English student who grew up in Canada, tells us that nothing has really changed in Iraq. The war may be over, but the problems for Iraqi youth remain. -

Odai Jaffer wanted to fight the invading Americans before the war. But now he's working for an American broadcaster. He sees a growing resistance to the American occupation. -

Dr. Hussain Shahristani and his family have returned to Iraq to face the demons of the past and help others who have been brutalized during the years of Saddam's regime. -

Saad worked with Saywell and her crew during the filming of Generation of Hate as a 'government minder'. Now that his privileged position with the Iraqi government is gone he fears for his family's safety.