2011 I Iraq I 86 minutes
Directors: Atia Al Daradji & Mohamed Al-Daradji
There are one million war orphans in Iraq. This documentary follows Husham, who scouring the streets for homeless children. He bring them to the two-room safe dwelling he runs in the city’s most dangerous district, Al-Sadr City, and works to rebuild the hopes, dreams and prospects of the 32 damaged children under his care.
Against this threatening backdrop, with funds running desperately low, the bittersweet, sometimes hilarious, dramas of childhood play out: seven-year-old Saif can only remember his dead mother’s name, ‘Mejuda’, as he faces the taunts of other kids in constant playground battles. Moody teenager Mohammed struggles to balance academic life with his search for self-identity; whilst young Salah fears he may never be able to go to school. When the landlord gives Husham and the boys just two weeks to vacate, a desperate search ensues.
BIO: ATIA AL-DARADJI: DIRECTOR
Born in Baghdad in 1964, and a graduate from the Fine Art Academy film department (1993), Atia Al-Daradji is the founder of Iraq Al Rafidain, Iraq’s premier film production company. The producer of Ahlaam, Iraq: War, Love, God and Madness and Son of Babylon, Atia combines the methods of Western film practice, with his own self-styled, hard-line approach to production that is instrumental in making films in Iraq.
BIO: MOHAMED AL-DARADJ: CO-DIRECTOR
Born in Baghdad in 1978, Mohamed is co-founder of multi-award winning Human Film, a UK and 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 three decades of dictatorship which screened at over 125 international film festivals, received over 22 awards, and represented Iraq for Oscar and Golden Globe Consideration in 2007. Mohammed’s acclaimed Son of Babylon (2010) screened at Sundance, Berlin and the 2011 Arab Film Festival Australia.
Winner Best Documentary Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Variety’s Middle Eastern Filmmaker of Year 2010 – Mohamed Al-Daradji
San Sebastian – Cinema in Motion 6 – 3 Post Production Awards
Official Selection Toronto IFF 2011
Official Selection IDFA IFF – Panorama 2011
Official Selection Abu Dhabi IFF 2011
Official Competition CPH Dox IFF 2011
Official Selection Seville IFF 2011
Dates & Times:
5:00pm, Saturday 29 June 2013
Adult $20, Conc. $15*
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