Hadani Ditmars

Author, journalist, and photographer Hadani Ditmars has reported from Lebanon, Israel/Palestine and Iraq, often examining the human costs of sectarian strife as well as cultural resistance to war, occupation and embargo. Her work has been published in the NY Times and The Guardian and broadcast on BBC and CBC TV and Radio.

Currently, Hadani is a co-editor at New Internationalist magazine and has just returned from her first trip to Baghdad since the fall of 2003, when she was there to research her book Dancing in the No Fly Zone: a Woman’s Journey Through Iraq.

The book recounts her time as a journalist in Iraq from 1997 until the fall of 2003 and is one of the few that covers pre and post invasion reality while giving voice to a wide variety of Iraqi narratives- from artists to street kids to Sufis and war widows. As Iraq continues to weather violent occupation, theocratic thuggism and civil strife, Dancing in the No-Fly Zone serves as an eerily prescient tribute to a culture and a people at the breaking point. Boyd Tonkin, the literary critic for the Independent said of Dancing, ‘it touches places in the nation’s soul that horror headlines never reach.’

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News
May 31, 2018
Photo by Hadani Ditmars

Vancouver, mon amour

Hadani Ditmars
How a very Vancouver accident led to a concussion and reflections on the changes overtaking Lotusland.
News
Apr 17, 2018

Palestine: The Musical

Hadani Ditmars
Could snappy show tunes step in where diplomacy has failed?
Blog
Dec 23, 2011

From New York to Baghdad: A tale of two cities

Hadani Ditmars
I am in New York at Christmas time. I would like to be thinking about things like Miracle on 34th Street and An Affair to Remember. But instead I am thinking about Iraq.
Blog
Jan 12, 2011

Canada: A model of interfaith harmony?

Hadani Ditmars
In light of the recent church bombing in Cairo and right-wing rioters burning down a mosque in Athens, I still say Canada is -- or could be with a few adjustments -- an example of interfaith harmony.
Blog
May 17, 2010

The Iraqi elections and the boy from Mutanabe Street

Hadani Ditmars
While the U.K. has resolved its hung parliament in a matter of days, and without the threat of rival militias backed by Iran and Saudi duking it out or bombs in public markets, the Iraqi saga goes on.
Blog
Apr 26, 2010

Culture from chaos: Where next for Iraqi art?

Hadani Ditmars
Freedom isn't, perhaps, the first word that springs to mind when you think about Iraq. But it is the word used by Haydar Daffar, an Iraqi film-maker, in his 2005 documentary The Dreams of Sparrows.
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