Made by Iraqi Girls

An hope journey through the strength of women. Women who no longer know what is home, who do not give up and try to mend their future.

Made by Iraqi Girls

An hope journey through the strength of women. Women who no longer know what is home, who do not give up and try to mend their future.

The story

Made by Iraqi Girls is a journey into hope through the strength of women. Women who no longer know what home is, who do not give up and try to rebuild their future. It all began in 2016, when ‘Abuja’ Mario and Rosaria, a seamstress from southern Italy, met in Bethlehem. Together they had the crazy idea of starting a textile workshop and giving girls who had fled ISIS a new chance. A small room and five sewing machines, that’s how the products are born. “Rafedin. Made by Iraqi Girls”, is a marriage of ideas between Italy and Jordan, a meeting between East and West.

Rafedìn is a space of land that lies between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, what was once the ancient Mesopotamia and where, now as in Abraham’s time, many refugees flow together. But Rafedìn is above all a fashion and tailoring project that offers a new life to women who find themselves in the limbo of their status as asylum seekers, where they cannot work and lead a dignified life. During its first year of life, the project was financed entirely from the proceeds of the sales of products made by the girls. Today 16 girls participate in the project and many of them over the years have managed to join family members far away or to fulfil their dreams of moving to America.

The story follows the life of our protagonists, the camera enters their daily lives to show different scenarios: the journey to Rafedin, the time spent working together in the tailor’s shop, family meetings, free time, loneliness in a country of transition. “Made by Iraqi Girls” is also a journey through the sounds, colours and smells of an Amman that welcomes these girls and gives them the hope of a new life.

Follow them every day on  Instagram  to meet the girls, their past history and their future dreams and enter the workshop of  Made By Iraqi girls

THE CHARACTERS

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DALIDA

27 years old, she comes from Mosul. In Iraq she was unable to complete her studies in computer science. She has lived in Amman for 4 years with her family and saw Rafedin being born. She couldn’t sew at the beginning but in just two years she made great progress. Moved by a deep faith, during her free time she works as a catechist: with her smile and her strength she succeeds in conveying serenity and hope also to the children.

27 years old, born in Al – Hamdaniya, Qarqosh. She has been living in Amman for a year and two months, she is waiting for a visa that is late to arrive. A volleyball and basketball player, she never thought she’d be able to sew. But with Rafedin she has made it. She has a 6-year-old daughter named Olga. Dalida lives for her in the hope that she will have a better future than hers and that one day she will fulfil her dreams.

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DALIDA

Dalida Mamma Made by Iraqi Girls Tv2000 Documentario

DALIDA

27 years old, born in Al – Hamdaniya, Qarqosh. She has been living in Amman for a year and two months, she is waiting for a visa that is late to arrive. A volleyball and basketball player, she never thought she’d be able to sew. But with Rafedin she has made it. She has a 6-year-old daughter named Olga. Dalida lives for her in the hope that she will have a better future than hers and that one day she will fulfil her dreams.

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HADEEL

21 years old, born in Mosul. She arrived in Jordan in 2015 with her parents and two younger brothers. Being an asylum seeker, she didn’t have the opportunity to study and attended several online courses at a Palestinian university. Hadeel stands out for her innate ability with working tools, and considers Rafedin “a wonderful project where I learned to sew and design models”.

19 years old, born in Mosul. After 10 years in Saudi Arabia, her father lost his job and was forced to relocate with his family to find a new job. To her, Iraq is no longer home. War leaves its mark on people, but it also hurts the soul, breaking bonds. In this climate of disruption, Dana was unable to join her grandmother in Istanbul to pay her her last respects. In Rafedin she has made friends and given herself the chance of a better future.

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DANA

Dana Made by Iraqi Girls Tv2000 Documentario

DANA

19 years old, born in Mosul. After 10 years in Saudi Arabia, her father lost his job and was forced to relocate with his family to find a new job. To her, Iraq is no longer home. War leaves its mark on people, but it also hurts the soul, breaking bonds. In this climate of disruption, Dana was unable to join her grandmother in Istanbul to pay her her last respects. In Rafedin she has made friends and given herself the chance of a better future.

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SHAHED

24 years old, born in Baghdad. She fled Iraq with her family in 2015. Her greatest fear is losing her loved ones. Thanks to her extraordinary desire to live life to the full, during the last 3 years she has been trying to take charge of her family’s future in Amman, also trying to alleviate the suffering of her father who lost his sight in the explosion of a car bomb in Baghdad.

21 years old, born in Mosul. Escaped from Iraq with her family, after a year in Kurdistan they decided to reach Jordan. She loves to draw. She would like to complete her studies, settle down and travel. Her dream is to be a model. She is afraid to stay in Amman too long, because that would mean ‘postponing’ her life.

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GHIED

Ghied Made by Iraqi Girls Tv2000 Documentario

GHIED

21 years old, born in Mosul. Escaped from Iraq with her family, after a year in Kurdistan they decided to reach Jordan. She loves to draw. She would like to complete her studies, settle down and travel. Her dream is to be a model. She is afraid to stay in Amman too long, because that would mean ‘postponing’ her life.

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NAZK

40 years old, born in Qaraqosh. She has lived in Jordan for about two years and fled Iraq when her father died, after ISIS set fire to their home and the beauty salon where she worked. What does it mean for a single woman to flee ISIS and live in a country other than her own, waiting for a visa that is late to come? Apparently without hope, Nazk dreams of being able one day to join her siblings who have emigrated to Australia.

Mind, heart and soul of this project. With him, the stories that revolve around Rafedin come to life. He professionally trained 16 girls allowing them to earn something and to bring home a small contribution to their families. He knows just a few Arabic words, but when you hear him speak he seems to have been born there.

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ABUNA MARIO

Don Mario Made by Iraqi Girls Tv2000 Documentario

ABUNA MARIO

Mind, heart and soul of this project. With him, the stories that revolve around Rafedin come to life. He professionally trained 16 girls allowing them to earn something and to bring home a small contribution to their families. He knows just a few Arabic words, but when you hear him speak he seems to have been born there.

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ROSARIA

Together with Abuna Mario, she has given life to the craft tailor’s shop. She often goes to Jordan to follow what is for her a second family. This project, with all its joys and difficulties, has profoundly changed her life. About the girls, Rosaria says, “We found smiles and a will to live. We speak to each other in the language of the heart.”

A professional in haute couture, she has collaborated with Armani, Lamborghini and Dolce e Gabbana. She has always devoted herself to volunteering. When she heard about the project, she decided to spend her holidays in Jordan to meet Abuna Mario, Rafedin and her girls. What do you think of Rafedin? ” It will always come back to me much more than anything I can do or give these girls.”

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ANTONELLA

Antonella Made by Iraqi Girls Tv2000 Documentario

ANTONELLA

A professional in haute couture, she has collaborated with Armani, Lamborghini and Dolce e Gabbana. She has always devoted herself to volunteering. When she heard about the project, she decided to spend her holidays in Jordan to meet Abuna Mario, Rafedin and her girls. What do you think of Rafedin? ” It will always come back to me much more than anything I can do or give these girls.”

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MARIA PAOLA

A truly atypical manager: she manages the organisational and economic side of the project, but she does so with deep humanity. She lives in Rafedin with the girls, she meets them, talks to them, listens to them. She stays with them in the workshop. With her smile she comforts them. “don’t give me a needle and thread because I can’t do it,” she says, yet she is a mainstay for the girls. She is their point of reference.