Atea Al Daradji

Atea Jabarah Al Daradji was born in Baghdad. He graduated from the Final Art Academy in Hilversum, the Netherlands. After Saddam Hussein’s regime was overturned in 2003, he returned to Iraq to produce Ahlaam (2005) with his brother Mohamed. Their follow-up feature Son of Babylon (2009) premiered at the ADFF and won two awards at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2010. In My Mother’s Arms marks Atea’s first time in the co-director’s chair.