FIRE AND WATER
“Fire and Water is a wonderful testament to the power of love and commitment in the face of overwhelming odds”
Throughout Fire and Water is the story of Dr. Hussain Shahristani, once Saddam Hussein’s Chief Nuclear Scientist and now one of his foremost dissidents, and his remarkable family. While Dr. Shahristani served eleven years of a life sentence in an Iraqi Prison for refusing to build Saddam a nuclear bomb, his Canadian wife Bernice Holtom stood by his side and raised their children.
During the Gulf War he and his family escaped to freedom, and they now run an organization to monitor the ongoing human rights abuses in Iraq. Their reports and videos have kept the world informed about the atrocities of an ongoing secret war in the south of Iraq – one in which over 250,000 people have died or been displaced since 1991.
Produced by: BISHARI FILM PRODUCTIONS INC.
in association with: TVONTARIOwith the participation of TELEFILM CANADA ONTARIO FILM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY and THE CABLE PRODUCTION FUND
Acknowledgements GULF WAR VICTIMS / IRAQ REFUGEE AID COUNCIL / INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION NEWS / CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION / INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY / UNITED NATIONS TELEVISION / THE OBSERVER
BISHARI Film Productions Inc.1995© • 56 mins.
Middle Eastern Studies, History, Human Rights, Global Issues