Don’t Come Back: In the Ruins of Mosul

July 2017, Mosul is freed but in left in ruins. Ghadeer, a young journalist who fled to Brussels when Mosul fell into the hands of ISIS decides to abandon the promise of a future in Europe to return home. He and several friends create Radio One FM, a radio station independent from any religious, communitarianist or political ties, to promote peaceful coexistence in a war-torn society.

The first two years are utopic for the team of journalists. Radio One gains a national audience thanks to its documentation of the country’s hardships. But without external financing nor advertisement, the Radio faces financial problems. They open a café to use its revenues to finance the station. But the journalists’ independence comes under pressures from militias linked to the political clans battling for the control of Iraq. Corruption, power struggles and foreign interferences leaves the country once again teetering on the brink of civil war.

The story of Radio One mirrors the disillusion progressively affecting the Iraqi people. 20 years after the invasion of Iraq and the promises of democracy and state-building, the country is in a state of chaos.


  • Year: 2023
  • Duration: 67 & 52 mins
  • Production: Yuzu Productions, Indyca, & Arpa Films
  • Director: Chiara Avesani & Matteo Delbò
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France, Italy & Spain


  • International Television Ondas Award at Premios Ondas 2023 (Spain), SMART Awards at Festival des Libertés 2023 (Belgium), Special Commendation at Prix Europa 2023 for Best TV/Video Documentary of The Year (Germany), Winner of Silver Medal at 42nd International URTI Grand Prix for Author's Documentary 2023 (France), Best Informative Reportage at Zoom Festival 2023 (Spain), UNAFF 2023 (USA).

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