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In the Sands of Babylon

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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.
Director Mohamed Al-Daradji was chosen as Variety's Middle Eastern Filmmaker of the year 2010.
The film was supported by the Doha Film Institute.
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2013/ Iraq - UAE - UK - Netherlands92 min/ Drama, History, War
Original Title
Taht Remal Babyl
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
Editor: Mohamed Al-Daradji
DOP: Mohamed Al-Daradji
Duraid Munajim
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Production Company(ies)
Human Film
Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji
Isabelle Stead
Atia Jabarah Al-Daradji
film festivals
film festivals 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 festivals Venice International Film Festival, Italy
film festivals Festival International Du Cinéma De Dakhla, Morocco
film awards
film awards Best Film from the Arab World award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, UAE
City of Venice Award at the Venice International Film Festival, Italy
Best Actor Award at the Festival International Du Cinéma De Dakhla, Morocco
“The stunning visuals in this Iraq-UK-Netherlands-UAE coproduction command attention.” Deborah Young - The Hollywood Reporter

“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.” Maggie Gogler - View of the Arts