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The Journey

Spring Grants 2016 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

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Mohamed Jabarah Al Daradji / Feature Narrative / Iraq, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Qatar / 2017 / 82 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama, Social Issues, War, Psychological, Women Issues

Synopsis

Baghdad, 30 December, 2006. Sara, an unassuming young woman, enters Baghdad’s central train station with sinister intentions. On the edge of committing a destructive and heinous act, Sara finds her plans are drastically altered, complicated by an unwanted and awkward encounter with Salam, a self-assured and flirtatious salesman. In an unfortunate twist of fate, Salam becomes a hostage in Sara’s confused and deluded master plan to blow up the station. Caught up in the chaos of a situation he cannot begin to comprehend, Salam desperately tries to understand Sara’s motives and to sway her decision. In a moment of reflection, Sara is given the opportunity to learn about the lives she has been so willing to destroy for others.

Credits

Director
Mohamed Jabarah Al Daradji
Screenwriter
Mohamed Jabarah Al Daradji, Isabelle Stead
Producer
Mohamed Jabarah Al Daradji, Isabelle Stead

About the Director

Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji studied in Iraq and the Netherlands before travelling to the UK to complete his Masters degree in Cinematography and Directing at the Northern Film School in Leeds, where he won the prestigious Kodak Student Commercial Award for Cinematography. In 2003, he returned to Iraq to make his first feature film, ‘Ahlaam’, which screened at more than 125 international film festivals and received more than 30 awards, as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe consideration. His multi-award-winning ‘Son of Babylon’ (2010) screened at Sundance and the Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Amnesty Film Award and the Peace Prize. Al-Daradji was named ‘Variety’ magazine’s Middle Eastern Filmmaker of the Year after his documentary ‘In My Mother’s Arms’ (2010) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the Asia-Pacific Screen Academy Award for Best Documentary. ‘In the Sands of Babylon’ (2013) screened at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Arab Film.

Production Company Profile

After the international success of films including Mohamed Al-Daradji’s ‘Ahlaam’ (2004), ‘Son of Babylon’ (2010) and ‘In My Mother’s Arms’ (2010), production company Iraq Al-Rafidain established the Iraqi Independent Film Centre (IIFC) in 2010, with the intention of encouraging and supporting a new generation of filmmakers, while actively pursuing the re-establishment and development of the Iraqi film industry. The IIFC has produced 12 short films by young filmmakers, which have screened at the Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals, among numerous other prestigious festivals. In 2014, the IIFC produced Al-Daradji’s ‘In the Sands of Babylon’, a prequel to ‘Son of Babylon’. Al-Daradji’s ‘The Journey’ is the second feature-length film to be produced by the IIFC.

Awards and Festival History


Festivals

TIFF 2017, Contemporary World Cinema (WP)
Busan Int’l Film Festival 2017, A Window on Asian Cinema

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Mohamed Al Daradji

    Company: 
    Iraq Al-Rafidain
    Phone: 
    +9647705529744 /+9647802449289
    Email: 
    mohamed@humanfilm.co.uk

  • Main Contact

    Isabelle Stead

    Company: 
    Human Film
    Phone: 
    +441132425030 / +447835378454
    Email: 
    isabelle@humanfilm.co.uk

  • Main Contact

    Mohamed Jabarah Al Daradji

    Company: 
    Iraq Al-Rafidain
    Phone: 
    +964 770 552 9744
    Email: 
    mohamed@humanfilm.co.uk

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