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In My Mother's Arms

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A realistic story that uses a universal language.
The film documents the daily life in the orphanage over the course of nine months.
The orphans represent a fragment of the Iraqi mosaic of race, culture, religion, and class.
The film resulted in a campaign to collect donations to buy a piece of land for the orphanage.
The film received grants from the Abu Dhabi Film Festival’s SANAD Film Fund, Al Jazeera English, San Sebastian Cinema in Motion, Goteborg Film Festival Fund, and the Netherlands Film Fund.
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2011/ Iraq - UK - Netherlands - UAE89 min/ Documentary, Drama
Original Title
Fi Ahdan Ummi
In 2009, Husham establishes an orphanage in the Alsadr suburb in the city of Baghdad. When Husham along with his entourage are faced with the threat of evacuation due to a rent increase, the residing orphans perform a concert to express their yearning for a mother’s unconditional love.
Saif Silah Husham
Mohamed Wael
Naeem Al Ghezzi
Husham La Dhabe
Screenwriter: Atea Al Daradji
Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji
DOP: Atea Al Daradji
Amar Manaa
Osama Rasheed
Zahir Kareem
Muthar Anaam
Editor: Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji
Ian Watson
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Production Company(ies)
Human Film
Iraq Al-Rafidain
Isabelle Stead
film festivals
film festivals Films from the South Festival in Oslo, Norway
film festivals Sofia MENAR Film Festival, Bulgaria
film festivals Babylon Festival for International Cultures & Arts, Iraq
film festivals Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
film festivals Seville Film Festival, Spain
film festivals Abu Dhabi Film Festival, UAE
film festivals Göteborg Film Festival, Sweden
film festivals International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Netherlands
film festivals CPH:DOX - Copenhagen International Documentary Festival, Denmark
film festivals New Zealand International Film Festival, New Zealand
film festivals Movies that Matter Festival, Netherlands
film festivals Gulf Film Festival, UAE
film festivals San Francisco International Film Festival, USA
film festivals Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Australia
film festivals EBS international Documentary Festival, South Korea
film awards
film awards Best Documentary Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Australia
Edu Choice Grand Prix at the EBS international Documentary Festival, South Korea
“The film provides a vividly desolate portrait of a society too fractured and corrupt to properly care for its most helpless among them.” Frank Scheck - The Hollywood Reporter

“It’s not easy to write about In My Mother’s Arms — an intensely direct, simple, and affecting documentary — without sounding like I’m a bleeding heart.” Alex Peterson - Tiny Mix Tapes