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.