LEAVING BAGHDAD

By Koutaiba AL JANABI

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Biography - Completed 2011

Saddam Hussein's cameraman escapes Iraq, hunted by the regime, haunted by guilt and memories, writing letters to his lost son confessing what he witnessed.

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Festival de Cannes 2012
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    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Biography, Historical, Documentary
    • Countries
    • IRAQ, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, HUNGARY
    • Languages
    • ARABIC
    • Duration
    • 85 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Koutaiba AL JANABI
    • Producer(s)
    • Hanna HEFFNER (REAL ART), Koutaiba AL JANABI (REAL ART)
    • Synopsis
    • Leaving Baghdad is a road movie that follows Sadik, the personal cameraman to the leader Saddam Hussein, at the end of the nineties. Sadik is trying to escape the grip of the regime, being pursued from country to country, encountering smugglers and crooks on his journey. Sadik suffers from paranoia and constant fear. The Iraqi secret police are after him because he is carrying evidence of the atrocities committed by the regime. Sadik is dreaming to go to London, to join his wife who is, however, unwilling to help. In his despair and loneliness, Sadik writes letters to his son, Semir. These letters turn into a confession and reveal Sadik's past and the real reason for his fleeing , the endless waiting and his paranoia.
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