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Ahlaam

Genre: Drama
Country: Iraq
Year: 2005
Duration: 110 min.

Director: Mohamed Al-Daradji
Scenario: Mohamed Al-Daradji

Cast: Aseel Adel, Bashir Al Majid, Mohamed Hashim, Talib Al-Furati, Azhaar Mamoodi, Kaheel Khalid, Mortadha Sadi

Programme selection: Spotlight: Mohamed Al- Daradji

Synopsis:

Baghdad 2003, two days before the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime. Three people are trying to survive amidst the bombed-out ruins and have found temporary refuge in a psychiatric hospital. Through their memories we discover something about their past. The student Ahlaam was just about to get married when she was stunned by the arrest of her fiancé, a soldier. She herself was a victim of rape at the hands of a group of soldiers... Medhi is an idealist, a natural outcome of his role in the medical profession. A specialist accustomed to helping people’s suffering, he tries to come to terms with the violence he sees all around him, and to address his father’s past … Ali is a patient at the hospital, a former soldier who desired nothing else but to loyally serve his country. After American bombs destroy his unit, he becomes a traumatised wreck… The feature-length debut by Mohamed Al-Daradji, inspired by real events, which sees the war in Iraq through the eyes of ordinary people.

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Mohamed was born in Baghdad in 1978 and is co-founder of multi-award winning Human Film, a UK & Netherlands feature film production company.

Mohamed studied Fine Art in Baghdad and then went on to study Film and Television Production at the Media Academy in Hilversem, the Netherlands. During his time in Hilversem, Mohamed worked as a cameraman covering documentaries, news reports and sport events for the TV industry in Holland. Mohamed then travelled to the UK to complete two Master degrees in Cinematography and Directing at the Northern Film School in Leeds, winning the prestigious Kodak Student Award for best commercial in Cinematography.

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 and has just completed work on his feature length documentary, Iraq: War love God and Madness. As well as his filmmaking, Mohamed has now set up IRAQ’S MISSING CAMPAIGN, a cause central to the story of Son of Babylon, which seeks to identify the bodies discovered in Iraq's Mass Graves.

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