Even playing chess was dangerous during Saddam Hussein's rule. So Iba translates for the Americans when they arrive, but the violence doesn't stop.
In 1979, Sabah was jailed in Iraq for being a communist. He and Lamia describe how political dissent, imprisonment and war affected them.
Iraqi playwright Sabah Al-anbari falls in love with his leading lady. Their families strongly object because Sabah is Muslim while Lamia is Mandae.
Sabah, an Iraqi playwright, describes the last scene of violence his family witnessed enroute to Jordan, where they hoped to apply for asylum to Australia.
After the ousting of Saddam Hussein, an Iraqi playwright is blacklisted and his daughter, a chess champion, is told not to visit the chess centre anymore.
Suthan's search for work pays off and he begins a family of his own. Suthan talks about parenting in a different culture and Barbara talks about her mother.
Suthan speaks openly about coping with depression and how depression still affects some of his friends who were in detention with him.
Suthan gradually overcomes severe depression, enrols to study and finds a way to repay legal fees with the help of the Blackwood Circle of Friends.