Iraq: War, Love, God and Madness

Mohamed Al-Daradji

Dutch premiere

Festival year: 2011

Documentary on the making-of of the internationally renowned film Ahlaam by Dutch-Iraqi director  Mohamed Al-Daradji (Son of Babylon). The idealistic filmmaker returns to his home country Iraq to make his dream come true under bizarre circumstances.

Synopsis

Ahlaam is the second movie in the post-Saddam Hussein era to be shot in Iraq. The fall of the dictator inspired hope for freedom, and the director wanted his film to make a cultural contribution to this new achievement. However, after 35 years of dictatorship and three wars, unemployment, poverty and chaos still prevail in Bagdad.
The documentary film shows the huge risks filmmakers in ‘liberated’ Iraq face. There is hardly any equipment, safety cannot be guaranteed on the set and crew members, including the director himself, are arrested and tortured.
Meanwhile, the viewer gets to know the citizens of Bagdad: a boy singing for Saddam, a father mourning his son who was hung, a young actor remembering his time spent in prison and a friend going down the path of chaos.

Al-Daradji’s movie Son of Babylon will also be screened at the festival. This road movie is part of the Iraq’s Missing Campaign, an initiative from The Iraq’s Missing Persons Organisation, that was founded by the filmmakers to support the families of missing persons in Iraq: www.iraqsmissing.org

Credits

Iraq, United Kingdom, Netherlands, The 2010, 82 min.

Documentary,

Spoken language: Arabic, English

Subtitles: English

Official website: http://www.humanfilm.co.uk/iraq-war-love-god-madness

Productions:

Human Film

info@humanfilm.co.uk

+44 1132438880

www.humanfilm.co.uk

World sales:

Roissy Films

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+33 153535050

www.roissyfilms.com

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