IRAQ : WAR, LOVE, GOD & MADNESS

By Mohamed AL-DARADJI

HUMAN FILM - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2007


    • Year of production
    • 2007
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • IRAQ, PALESTINE, UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ARABIC, ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 72 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Mohamed AL-DARADJI
    • Writer(s)
    • Mohamed AL-DARADJI
    • Producer(s)
    • Mohamed AL-DARADJI (Human Film), Isabelle STEAD (Human Film), Atia AL-DARADJI (Iraq Al-Rafidain), Danny EVANS (Human Film), Rashid MASHARAWI (Cinema Broadcast Center)
    • Synopsis
    • Al-Daradji leads us on a disturbing journey inside Iraq... as fiction and reality blur in the gritty aftermath of 25 years of dictatorship, 3 wars and occupation. This film is crucial to our understanding of a nation at war with love, god and madness as we see the real Iraqi people and their spirit to survive through the eyes of one young man - as never seen before.
      2007. Mohamed, a young and idealistic filmmaker, summons the courage to look back over the last three years of his turbulent life. He pieces together the jigsaw of his experiences of filming in a war zone, hoping to find his sanity.
      In 2004, undaunted by the volatile political, military dangers and heartbreaking chaos, Mohamed returns to his home, Baghdad. Stumbling upon the once vibrant streets that are now consumed by unemployment, hunger, poverty and madness, he sets forth to make a film. Challenged physically and emotionally by unimaginable circumstances with no money, just hope, the camera rolls and the world unravels around him; a young child sings for Saddam, a father grieves for his hanged son, a poet reflecting back on his time in prison, whilst a troubled friend is lost in his madness.
      Struggling against time, persecution, imprisonment, injuries, terrorist attacks and the American army, he is determined to survive. Facing execution by the banks of the Tigris River, Mohamed searches for the strength to overcome his bad luck and dire situation in the hope of a miracle and peace.
      This is Iraq's story, this is the people's story.
      This is Iraq's story, this is the people's story
    • Partners & financing
    • Gotenborg Film Festival Fund
      Screen Yorkshire
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 01, 2004
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