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Son of Babylon

Mohamed Al-Daradji

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Festival year: 2011

Iraqi-Dutch director Mohamed Al-Daradji’s roadmovie portrays the fate of virtually every family in Iraq. Two weeks after the fall of Saddam Hussein, twelve-year-old Ahmed and his grandmother decide to go hitchhiking across Iraq, determined to find his father and her son Ibrahim, who never returned from the Gulf War.

Synopsis

Since the fall of Saddam Hussein, over a million people are still missing. Mohamed Al-Daradji, who also directed Ahlaam, gives their relatives an identity.
Son of Babylon follows Ahmed and his grandmother on their journey through inhospitable areas of devastated Iraq. From the mountains in the north to the sandy plains of Babylon in the south, from prisons to mass graves. Along the way, they come across companions in misfortune.
The actors in this Iraqi Oscar nomination for 2011 are local amateurs, who survived Saddam’s regime. Shazada Hussein, who interprets the grandmother, was the only woman to testify in the trial against Saddam. 

In 2010, the Iraq’s Missing Campaign started, an initiative of The Iraq’s Missing Persons Organisation, that was founded by the filmmakers. Son of Babylon is part of this campaign, that offers support to the families of missing persons in Iraq. www.iraqsmissing.org

Credits

Iraq, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, The, Palestine, United Arab Emirates, Qatar 2010, 90 min.

Fiction,

Spoken language: Arabic, Kurdish

Subtitles: English

Official website: http://www.humanfilm.co.uk/son-of-babylon

Productions:

Human Film

info@humanfilm.co.uk

+44 1132438880

www.humanfilm.co.uk

Dutch distribution:

Moonlight Films

jean@moonlightfilms.nl

+31 736238179 / M: 31 653175428

www.moonlightfilms.com

World sales:

Roissy Films

y-comte@roissyfilms.com

+33 153535050

www.roissyfilms.com

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When & where?

  • Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 11:00

    Theater aan het Spui 2, The Hague

  • Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 16:30

    Theater aan het Spui 2, The Hague

  • Monday, March 28, 2011 - 16:30

    Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 4

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