In 2006, Father Douglas Albazi was captured by terrorists in his home country of Iraq. He was viciously beaten over his nine days of captivity. Eventually, he was released and continued to preach Christianity in Baghdad. For many years, he chose to not tell many about what happened to him. After continually seeing the persecution of Christians in his home, he decided to tell the world what happened to him. He is currently the parish priest for St. Addai's Church in Auckland, New Zealand.
I was selected by the Film Department of Boston College to film a documentary about Father Douglas. Another student and I traveled to New Zealand this past winter to interview him, as well as members of the parish. We learned a lot about not only his life, but the Chaldean Church and the Iraqi-Christian genocide.
A cut of the film was screened as a part of Boston College's ArtsFest in April of 2019. Since receiving feedback from the audience, we have been at work touching up the documentary in order to best tell Father Albazi's story.
A preview of the doc can be seen below.