Mr. Iraq Takes the Mic

By Claire Jeantet & Fabrice Catérini | March 26, 2014

Twenty-eight-year old Tommy Hanna was born in San Diego, where his parents settled in the 1970s after fleeing Iraq. Hanna has drawn from his dual cultures to launch a rap career under the name “Timz,” often creating rhymes about the Iraqi-American experience—and attracting more than 800,000 YouTube views. His producer, Alvin Shamoun, a.k.a. Entre-P or Biggie Babylon, is a childhood friend who has directed several rap videos that dissect the clichés about their community.

*   *   *

Claire Jeantet and Fabrice Catérini are French photojournalists and filmmakers. They co-founded Inediz, a production company dedicated to multimedia documentaries and in-depth storytelling, and co-directed the interactive documentary My Beloved Enemy, a project exploring the intimate consequences of the Iraq war trough the life of Iraqi refugees settled across the U.S. You can follow them on Twitter @Inediz and Facebook.

An Aging Mother’s Animated Love Letter to Her Autistic Son

“Who would look after him if I wasn’t here?” and other questions this mom asks herself every day.

Courvosier Cox Knows He’s a Superstar

Meet a teenage actor-singer-comedian with absolutely no doubt that his tumultuous adolescence will soon give way to Hollywood fame.

A 360° View of India’s Gravity-Defying Pole Wrestlers

Get up close and personal with the athletes of the reemerging ancient pastime of mallakamb, in Narratively’s first 360 film.

This Breathtaking Greek Fireworks Battle Puts Your July 4th to Shame

Once a year, residents of this mountainous island gather at two churches on opposite ends of town and launch 100,000 handmade rockets — directly at each other.

Penny’s Ex-Husband Realized She’s a Woman. But They’re Still Best Friends.

When Dee came out as a transgender, it meant the end of her marriage to Penny. And that’s when the empowering journey for both women truly began.

The Nomadic People Caught in the Crosshairs of China’s Economic Boom

For thousands of years, herders have grazed their livestock on the vast Southern Mongolia grasslands. As Chinese investment turns this mineral-rich region into a cash cow, does the ancient culture have any hope of survival? A few families are willing to fight for it.

Meet The Banksy of Cardboard Curiosities

This LA artist is creating ephemeral works designed to dazzle – then disintegrate.

Activists Took Over This Abandoned Athens Hotel…and Gave it to Refugees

After months of subsisting in overcrowded camps, migrants turned an empty building in the Greek capital into a remarkable experiment in self-managed living.