Birth of a Monster

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.


  • Year: 2016
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: PREMIERES LIGNES
  • Director: PAUL MOREIRA
  • Available Versions: ENG, ESP
  • Country of production: France



  • Awards Prix TV5 Monde du Festival International du Film Oriental de Genève, 2017 (Switzerland) “Une démarche personnelle qui aboutit à une investigation méthodique et efficace des racines du mal” Festivals Festival International du Film Oriental de Genève 2017 (Switzerland) ; Selected in international competition in the category Current Affairs at Prix Europa 2017 (Berlin, Germany).

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