“At 3am I heard a sound, it was just like the sound of an engine … I went outdoors and there was somebody coming in the direction of me, barefoot, holding a torch,” recounts Abubaker Almortadha al-Jazwi, as he describes the second he realised one thing occurred to his hometown of Derna, in jap Libya.
“I stated [to the man] ‘What’s incorrect, son? What’s incorrect?’ And he instructed me the road is roofed in water. There are injured individuals and useless our bodies all over the place,” provides the 61-year-old agricultural engineer.
On September tenth, heavy rains from storm Daniel triggered the collapse of two dams, unleashing a lethal torrent that swept away residential neighbourhoods and drowned households in just some minutes. Abubaker Almortadha al-Jazwi was one of many fortunate ones: Of Derna’s 10 geographic districts, simply three survived the flooding and 20,000 individuals at the moment are feared useless.
The catastrophe struck a rustic that has been beset by chaos since long-serving ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in October 2011. Since then, the nation has been divided between two rival governments: a UN-recognised administration in Tripoli, Libya’s capital within the west, and one other within the disaster-stricken east, backed by navy strongman Khalifa Haftar. The battle between these two factions, and an absence of central authority, has impeded efforts to save lots of residents.
As rescue groups scramble to seek out survivors and our bodies pile up within the streets of Derna, al-Jawzi embarks on his personal quest to seek out his 5 cousins who’ve all gone lacking. That is an intimate movie that depicts the trauma and triumph of the human spirit.
Director: Shelby Ben Brahim
Cinematographer: Abdelbasset Fitouri
Editor: Shelby Ben Brahim
Assistant Editor: Antonia Perello
Colorist: Catherine Hallinan
Producer: Antonia Perello
Senior Editor: Donald Cameron
Govt Producer: Tierney Bonini