One of Iarqi Cinema's Most Remarkable Films Selected for MAFF
MAD Solutions Pulls Off Arab World Distro Rights for In the Sands of Babylon
MAD Solutions has announced the acquisition of Mohamed Jabarah Al Daradji's feature In the Sands of Babylon through the Iraqi Ministery of Culture's Baghdad as Arab Culture Capital project.
Simultaneously, the film has taken part at the 5th Malmo Arab Film Festival (MAFF), which wrapped up yesterday 6 October. This participation comes in the heels of the film's extensive multi-award winning festival circuit landing In the Sands of Babylon as one of Iraqi Cinema's most successful films.
The film has received a hefty of awards from international film festivals; The City of Venice award at Venice Film Festival, Best Film from the Arab World at Abu Dhabi Film Festival which hosted its World Premiere, and landed the first Iraqi official nomination for the Peace Prize from Cinema and Peace Foundation at Berlin International Film Festival 2015. The film has also been part of the world's most prestigious film festivals such as San Sebastian International Film Festival, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and Raindance Film Festival.
As the 1991 Gulf war draws to a close, an Iraqi soldier escapes from Kuwait after the Iraqi army's defeat. Caught up in a hazardous journey to home, accompanied by a wounded soldier -who he tries to save and return him to his family- the runaway soldier is captivated by the Republican Guard who cast him into prison where he is subjected to the cruelest tortures.
Written and directed by Mohamed Jabarah Al Daradji, the film stars Samer Qahtan, Ameer Jabarah, Hasan Bkheet and Hayder Jumaa.
Born in Baghdad 1978, Al Daradji studied at the Media Academy in Hilversum, Netherlands, then at Northern Film School in Leeds, UK. In 2005, he presented his feature debut Dreams and in 2009 Son of Babylon which established his name in the international scene following successful screenings at Berlinale and Sundance festivals. Jabarah has also co-directed with his brother Atiiah Al Daradji in In My Mother's Arms which was part of more than 50 festivals and film events and received more than 10 international awards.