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The Journey

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The film received grants from the Doha Film Institute, AFAC - The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, World Cinema Fund, the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'image Animée (CNC), the French Institute (IF) of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Netherlands Film Fund, SANAD Development Fund (Abu Dhabi Film Festival) and Screen Yorkshire.
The film world premiered at the Contemporary World Cinema section of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
The Journey Poster
2017/ Iraq - UK - France - Qatar - Netherlands82 min/ Drama, Thriller
Original Title
Al Rihla
SYNOPSIS
As Sara stands on the cusp of committing an unthinkable act, an unforeseen and awkward encounter gives her the opportunity to witness the potential consequences of her destructive action. But is this a second chance or an admission of guilt?
CAST
Zahraa Ghandour
Ameer Jbara
CREW
Screenwriter: Isabelle Stead
Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji
DOP: Saef Alden
Duraid Munajim
Editor: Mohamed Al Daradji
Pascale Chavance
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Production Company(ies)
Human Film
Iraqi Independent Film Center (IIFC)
Lionceau Films
Iraq Al-Rafidain
Iraqi Media Network
Producer(s)
Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji
Isabelle Stead
film festivals
film festivals Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
film festivals Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), UAE
film festivals BFI London Film Festival, UK
film festivals Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
film festivals Sudan Independent Film Festival (SIFF), Sudan
film festivals Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA
film festivals Muscat International Film Festival, Oman
film awards
film awards Jury Award and Best Actress Award at the Muscat International Film Festival, Oman
Quotes
“The Journey is a tense and harrowing psychological thriller that unspools entirely within the world of the railway station and its environs.” Christopher Vourlias - Variety

“The distinguishing feature of The Journey (Al Rahal), like all the films of Iraqi-Dutch writer-director Mohamed Al-Daradji, is its sober moral perspective on the war that devastated Iraq and reduced its people to orphans, madmen and dispossessed refugees.” Deborah Young - The Hollywood Reporter