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In the Sands of Babylon

Director: Mohamed Al Daradji
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First ever Iraqi film to be nominated for the Peace Award at Berlin International Film Festival.
Considered as one of Iraqi Cinema's most successful films.
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2013/ Iraq - UAE - UK - Netherlands92 min/ Drama, History, War
An Iraqi soldier escapes from Kuwait after the Iraqi army’s defeat. Caught up in a hazardous journey to home, the runaway soldier is captivated by the Republican Guard who cast him into the prison where he is subjected to the cruelest tortures, till the people strike out a revolution which lights up a spark of hope in the eyes of the prisoners.
Samer Qahtan
Ameer Jabarah
Hasan Bkheet
Hayder Jumaa
Screenwriter: Mohamed Al Daradji
DOP: Mohamed Al Daradji
Duraid Munajim
Editor: Mohamed Al Daradji
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Production Company(ies)
Human Film
Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji
Isabelle Stead
Atia Jabarah Al-Daradji
film festivals
film festivals World premiere at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, UAE
film festivals San Sebastian International Film Festival, Spain
film festivals Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia
film festivals Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA
film festivals Raindance Film Festival, UK
film festivals Malmo Arab Film Festival, Sweden
film awards
film awards Best Film from the Arab World award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival
The City of Venice Award from Venice Film Festival
Best Actor Award at the Festival International Du Cinéma De Dakhla in Morocco
“The stunning visuals in this Iraq-UK-Netherlands-UAE coproduction command attention.” The Hollywood Reporter - Deborah Young

“I do believe that more films like In the Sands of Babylon ought to be made. This kind of story telling may open people's mind to what is really happening in the world.” View of the Arts - Maggie Gogler