The Unreturned

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The Unreturned
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Directed by Nathan Fisher
Produced by Nathan Fisher
Matthew Bowlby
Kays Mejri
Music by Zaydoon Triko
Evil Science
Cinematography Nathan Fisher
Edited by Nathan Fisher
Distributed by Sideways Film
Release date
  • April 25, 2010 (2010-04-25) (M-SPIFF)
Running time
75 minutes
Country Canada
United States
Language Arabic and English with English subtitles

The Unreturned is a 2010 documentary film by Nathan Fisher. The film tells the story of five middle-class Iraqi refugees caught in an absurdist purgatory of endless bureaucracy, dwindling life savings, and forced idleness. The Unreturned was shot in verité style in Syria and Jordan, with unscripted narration by the refugees in the film. These Iraqis come from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds.[1][2]

The film's world premiere was April 25, 2010 at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, where it was awarded "Best of Festival" honors.[1][2][3] The film is also an official selection at the 2010 Marfa Film Festival and the 2010 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in New York.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ a b David Hansen (2010-04-14). "'EXILED: A Twin Cities filmmaker examines the biggest untold story of wartime Iraq'". City Pages. 
  2. ^ a b "The Unreturned". Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. 2010-03-16. 
  3. ^ Colin Covert (2010-04-27). "MSPIFF's "Best of Fest" lineup May 1-6". Minneapolis Star Tribune. 
  4. ^ Mark Bell (2010-04-21). "2010 Marfa Film Festival Announces Program". Film Threat. 
  5. ^ "Marfa Film Festival Films". Marfa Film Festival. 2010-04-27. 
  6. ^ "The Unreturned (NY Premiere)". Human Rights Watch. 2010-05-25. 

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