In The Sands Of Babylon
dinsdag 24 maart 2015 - 19:00
Zaal 1, Filmhuis Den Haag
Masterclass by filmmaker Mohamed Al-Daradji. The masterclass is presented in cooperation with Hivos.
Hivos supports a mobile cinema project that Al-Daradji coordinates in Iraq to restore the cinema culture in Iraq. After the screening Al-Daradji gives a presentation about this project.
Mohamed al-Daradji was born in Baghdad, 1978, and fled to The Netherlands in 1995, where he studied film production before completing master’s degrees in cinematography and directing at the Northern Film School in Leeds. Mohamed is co-founder of multi winning Human Film, a UK & Netherlands -based feature film Production Company. Following the collapse of Saddam's regime in 2003, Mohamed returned to Iraq to make his first feature film, AHLAAM, an insight into the chaos and confusion of a war-torn Iraq following 3 decades of dictatorship. Ahlaam screened at over 125 International Film Festivals, received over 22 awards, and represented Iraq for Oscar and Golden Globe Consideration in 2007. Mohamed returned to Iraq in 2008 to shoot feature film; Son of Babylon, that went on to screen at Sundance and Berlin where it received 2 awards. In 2010 Variety named him the Middle East Filmmaker of the Year. In 2014 Al-Daradji produced In The Sands of Babylon.