Baghdad 2003. Saddam Hussein has been thrown out of power and US-led Coalition forces now occupy Iraq. Muhsin Al-khafaji, a care-worn but resilient ex-Iraqi Police Inspector no longer recognises the country that surrounds him. When his eldest and recently estranged daughter, Sawsan, goes missing he makes it his sole aim to track her down and bring her home.
Determined to pick up the pace in his search for Sawsan, Khafaji pays a visit to an old associate (and ex-con), Hamed to request copies of the police files of all of Sawsan’s known friends and associates; as well as the file of Professor Rashid.
Khafaji seeks out Zubeida at home demanding to know the truth about Zahra. They are interrupted when Temple pitches up, also wanting answers, is he dealing with some kind of terror cell? And is Zubeida their ringleader? Khafaji overhears the conversation but is distracted when he sees Sawsan furtively taking a gun from Zubeida’s garage.
Parodi and his men raid “Candy”/Sanaa’s home searching for insurgents, but all they find are frightened women mourning Sanaa, among them Sawsan, veiled and disguised. Parodi finds a photograph of 3 girls, Sanaa/Cady, Zahra/Laura and a 3rd girl, and demands to know the identity of this ‘third girl’. On the run, and intent on avenging Sanaa’s death by killing Temple, Sawsan finds Amjad holed up with a group of religiously inspired insurgents determined to fight the Americans, and not even Zubeida can persuade her to leave.
Khafaji is released by Parodi to search for the “third girl”, Sawsan. Back at his apartment Zubeida is waiting to take him to Sawsan. But first they must fight their way-out past Ibrahim and his neighbourhood gang, who are convinced that Khafaji still has Temple’s dollars. But Khafaji has entrusted the dollars to Karl his regular taxi driver to give to Nidal, his brother-in-law and his wife Maha to finance their escape from Iraq
Khafaji is tasked by Parodi to find Zubeida, but knowing that Sawsan will be going after Temple, Khafaji defies him. He tracks Temple to the Sports Bar, but his blood runs cold when he learns that Temple succeeded in taking Sawsan hostage when she tried to kill him. He is willing to exchange her for his money.
Muhsin Kadr al-Khafaji
Captain John Parodi
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