Closing Night Gala + Party

Closing Night Gala + Party


    Sunday 10 October / 6.45pm
    Apollo Cinema West End

Sunday 10 October
Closing Film: Son of Babylon

Two weeks after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Ahmed, a 12-year-old boy begrudgingly follows in the shadow of his grandmother deep into Iraq in seach of his missing father.


Set in Iraq, shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, Son of Babylon tells a story about this turbulent time for the country that was shared by many. We follow Ahmed, a young boy and Son of Babylonhis grandmother, as they travel from the Kurdish north deep into the country's barren, war-torn landscape in search of his father who has been missing since 1991. A desperate adventure, their journey is shared here and there with many other characters who help them along the way. Each character has a different connection with the recent events and each has a different story to tell.

In a remarkable performance by Yassir Talib, Ahmed's character shines out against an arid, desert backdrop as a boy on the cusp of adulthood, full of energy, wonder and innocence. As the search for Ahmed's father unfolds, the dark secrets of Saddam's time are slowly revealed to a population in disarray. Abruptly faced with the country's undocumented history of death and violence, we watch as the consequences of Saddam's regime shape Ahmed’s childhood.

Son of Babylon offers an insight into Iraq beyond what we may be familiar with as a foreign audience through news coverage. We are shown the daily hardships endured by those who are trying to rebuild their lives whilst conflict still surrounds them. Son of Babylon may well be one of the definitive films to deal with Iraq's recent history.


After-Party at the Apollo Cinema

Following our closing night film Son of Babylon all ticket-holders are invited along to our after-party at the Apollo Cinema.


Practical information

When: Sunday 10th October
Film Screening Venue: Apollo Cinema: Piccadilly Circus, 19 Lower Regent Street, London SW1Y 4LR
Film showing at 6.45pm
Price (film+party): £25