“Generation of Hate is a documentary that should be mandatory viewing for anybody who cares about the current crisis in the Middle East. Or maybe it should be mandatory viewing for those who don’t.” - Toronto Star
“Documentaries from Shelley Saywell always hit hard and hit home. This one does it early as it looks at children growing up in Iraq…” - Broadcast Week
“Saywell’s minimalist, unflinching style is the backbone of Generation Ex-Saddam. She takes her camera back to Iraq, now a sprawl of burned out buildings. There are eerie scenes…chilling stories of revenge killings and rape… Once again framed through the eyes of that shattered countries young people, who will be left to pick up the pieces.” - Globe & Mail

Part 1

A whole generation has been raised on the bitter seeds of the Gulf War. The demise of Saddam will come sooner or later. But the people of Iraq, many under the age of 15, have not only had to pay for his crimes, but have also had to endure more than a decade of punitive sanctions. The result is a Third World country among the poorest in the world. Still living under the long shadow of Saddam’s secret police, the population is isolated and terrorized. Added to this are the deprivations imposed on them by 12 years of international sanctions, a ruined economy, a broken infrastructure, unsanitary water and, now, fear of yet another war with the United States. While Saddam is feared, reviled, and wished gone, America is blamed for creating him, and hated for betraying the Iraqi people. As the war clouds loom, this setiment runs very deep.

Part 2

Generation Ex-Saddam: Emmy-award winning filmmaker Shelley Saywell returns to post-war Iraq to follow up on her critically-acclaimed documentary Generation of Hate, which tapped in to the hearts and minds of youg Iraqis on the eve of war, giving viewers a rare glimpse of life behind the Saddam posters.

Featured in this program are:

who, 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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