Iraq: War, Love, God and Madness - Q&A with Mohamed Al-Daradji

Iraq: War, Love, God and Madness
Voertaal: English

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zaterdag 26 maart 2011 - 14:00

Actress and columnist of de Volkskrant Nazmiye Oral interviews director Mohamed Al-Daradji.


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.


Nazmiye Oral (Hengelo, 28 May 1969) studied at the Academy of Arts in Arnhem and at the Amsterdam Binger Film Institute.

As an actress, she performed in the TV series Combat en Baantjer, the films Oesters van Nam Kee (2002) and Het Zuiden (2004) and in stage productions by Theater van het Oosten and Het Nationaal Toneel. In 2003, she participated in Gesluierde Monologen, in which Muslim women talk about intimacy, love and sexuality. Since the same year, she writes a column for Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant.