Paper Puppet Testimony 2019
Commissioned by Spotlight Iraq, Goethe institute Iraq
Credit for Archive, Abbas Abdulrazaq
The Kurdish uprising of 1991 against venomous dictator Saddam Hussein continues to be an important historical event for all Kurdish people. It was the day that marked the defeat of the Ba’ath regime in Kurdistan’s cities. Each year, video footage from that particular moment when people broke into the notorious prison in Sulaymaniyah is shown in commemoration programs on Kurdish TV channels. The Red Prison (or Security prison) was a dreadful building in the middle of the city. It stood out as a symbol of terror and oppression, for many years; hundreds of Kurdish men and women were tortured and killed there by the dictator.
excerpt from the essay Paper Puppet Testimony by Houzan Mahmoud For the full version of this essay click here
Still from the video, Paper Puppet Testimony, 2019