Iraq: War, Love, God and Madness
maandag 28 maart 2011 - 21:15
Journalist Hassnae Bouazza interviews director Mohamed Al-Daradji.
Hassnae Bouazza (born in 1973 in Oujda, Morocco) is a journalist, columnist, translator and programme director. She writes columns about Arab media for Dutch weekly Vrij Nederland and opinion articles for Dutch newspapers de Volkskrant and NRC Handelsblad, the web site FrontaalNaakt and the Arab web site of Radio Netherlands Worldwide (Wereldomroep). She is currently working on her debut, a compilation of short stories on inter-human relationships, that focuses on the relation between men and women.
Director Mohamed Al-Daradji is co-founder of multi-award-winning film company Human Film & Iraq Al-Rafidain. A Sundance fellow, Mohamed studied film at the Media Academy in Hilversum before moving to the UK to complete two masters degrees in cinematography and directing. Following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003, Mohamed returned to Iraq to make his first feature film Ahlaam. Ahlaam was screened at over 125 international film festivals, received over 23 awards, and represented Iraq for Oscar and Golden Globe consideration in 2007. In 2009 Mohamed shot the highly acclaimed feature film, Son of Babylon, which went on to screen at Sundance and Berlin, receiving The Amnesty Film Award and the Peace Prize. In conjunction with Son of Babylon, Mohamed launched The IRAQ‘S MISSING CAMPAIGN, an international landmark campaign to raise awareness of the more than 1,500,000 missing people in Iraq.