Son of Babylon
Colin

Son of Babylon

Screening:

    Sunday 10 October 6:45pm

Runtime:

110 mins

Closing Night Gala Film! Followed by Party.
Director: Mohamed Al-Daradji Country: UK, Iraq
Writer: Jennifer Norridge, Mohamed Al-Daradji, Mithal Ghazi Original Format: 35mm
Dir. of Photography: Mohamed Al-Daradji, Duraid Al-Munajim Print Source: Human Film
Producer: Isabelle Stead, Atia Al-Daradji, Mohamed Al-Daradji
Cast: Yasser Taleeb, Shehzad Hussen, Bashir Al-Majid

Film Details

London Premiere

Short Synopsis:

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.

Review:

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 his 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.

JK

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Elsewhere:


Read the review on the BBC
Read the Rhythm Circus Raindance Festival Preview 

Son of Babylon will be screened at Closing Night. Detailed information about the Closing Night Gala.

 

All films to be screened at:

Apollo Cinema: Piccadilly Circus
19 Lower Regent Street
London
SW1Y 4LR