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The Journey
Director: Mohamed Al Daradji
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.
2017/ Iraq - UK - France - Qatar - Netherland82 MIN/ Drama - thriller
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?
Zahraa Ghandour
Ameer Jbara
Screenwriter: Isabelle Stead
Mohamed Al Daradji
DOP: Saef Alden
Duraid Munajim
Editor: Mohamed Al Daradji
Pascale Chavance
Production Company(ies)
Human Film
Iraqi Independent Film Center (IIFC)
Lionceau Films
Iraq Al-Rafidain and Iraqi Media Network
Mohamed Al Daradji
Isabelle Stead
World premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), UAE
BFI London Film Festival, UK
Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
Sudan Independent Film Festival (SIFF), Sudan
Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA
“The Journey is a tense and harrowing psychological thriller that unspools entirely within the world of the railway station and its environs.” Variety - Christopher Vourlias
“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.” The Hollywood Reporter– Deborah Young

“Expertly juggling suspense and various narrative strands, never quite succumbing to the sentimentality it sometimes flirts with, this compact microcosmic tale should win over audiences on the festival circuit, and quite possibly beyond.” Variety – Dennis Harvey