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SON OF BABYLON at CPHPIX 2011

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On 'Son of Babylon' Son of Babylon screened at this year's Copenhagen Film Festival 2011 ‘SON OF BABYLON' (2010) is a fiction film based on reality about three weeks following the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the beginning of the Iraq War. Writer/director Mohamed Al-Daradji spent seven years on this poetic masterpiece that touches on the timely and hypersensitive subject of the Iraq War and the country now trying to pick itself up from devastation and ruin. ...

On 'Son of Babylon'

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‘SON OF BABYLON' (2010) is a fiction film based on reality about three weeks following the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the beginning of the Iraq War. Writer/director Mohamed Al-Daradji spent seven years on this poetic masterpiece that touches on the timely and hypersensitive subject of the Iraq War and the country now trying to pick itself up from devastation and ruin.   This is a story not of war, however, but of the broken family and a lost civilization. I...

Members of Jury TIFF 2010

Three of the jury members on stage to present awards. The International Jury of the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival comprised of: Michel Demopoulos, Jury President, Film critic (Greece) Mohamed Al-Daradji, Director (Iraq) Scandar Copti, Director (Palestine) Behrooz Hashemian, Producer (Iran/USA) and Martin Schweighofer, Managing Director of the Austrian Film Commission (Austria)  

On 'Son of Babylon'

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‘SON OF BABYLON' (2010) is a fiction film based on reality about three weeks following the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the beginning of the Iraq War. Writer/director Mohamed Al-Daradji spent seven years on this poetic masterpiece that touches on the timely and hypersensitive subject of the Iraq War and the country now trying to pick itself up from devastation and ruin.  This is a story not of war, however, but of the broken family and a lost civilization. It is a dark road movie followin...

Interview on 'Son of Babylon'

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‘SON OF BABYLON' (2010) is a fiction film based on reality about three weeks following the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the beginning of the Iraq War. Writer/director Mohamed Al-Daradji spent seven years on this poetic masterpiece that touches on the timely and hypersensitive subject of the Iraq War and the country now trying to pick itself up from devastation and ruin. This is a story not of war, however, but of the broken family and a lost civilization. It is a dark road movie following a ...

Mohamed Al-Daradji and the Press

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  51st TIFF: Mohamed Al-Daradji press conference (12/9/2010) MOHAMED AL-DARADJI PRESS CONFERENCE Mohamed Al-Daradji, a member of the International Jury, as well as a guest of honour of the 51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival, gave a press conference on Thursday, December 9th. The Thessaloniki International Film Festival Director, Mr. Dimitris Eipides welcomed the awarded director. “The greatest satisfaction one can receive from holdi...

Mohamed Al-Daradji and the Press

Mohamed Al-Daradji and the Press Mohamed made it clear to press that despite much contention surrounding his film about 3 weeks following the US attack on Iraq in 2003, The Son of Babylon is not a political story but a human one.    I then asked him if his non-political drive but rather humanist drive is reflected in the statement of the little boy, Ahmed, at the end of the film who tells his g

Mohamed's Son of Babylon

Mohamed Al-Daradji explains to audiences in Q and A how his film is about 3 weeks after the invasion of Iraq by USA in 2003. 'It is not about Iraq in 2010, it is about Iraq in 2003' He explined to audiences that he felt the people should know about this period in Iraqi history. His next film will be about Iraq today.   STAY TUNED FOR PRESS CONFERENCE INFO. ON  Mohamed Al-Daradji'

Mohamed's Son or Babylon

On December 08, 2010, The Son of Babylon screened for a packed Olympia Theater in Thessaloniki. The majority stayed for a fascinating Q and A with visionary director Mohamed Al-Daradji   "Mohamed Al-Daradji, born in 1978 in Iraq, was recently awarded the title of Middle East Filmmaker of the Year by Variety, a prestigious moniker befitting the industrious and prolific director, producer and c

HIFF 30 Award Winners Announced!

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The Awards Show for the 2010 Hawaii International Film Festival was held october 20th, and the winners are listed below.  The Vision in Film Award, presented by City & County of Honolulu, was given to Roger & Chaz Ebert. The Maverick Award, presented by Dr. Lawrence KW Tseu, was given to Nancy Kwan. The Award for Career Achievement was given to co-directors Qiankuan Li & Guiyun Xiao. The Outstanding Industry Leadership Award was given to Ren Zhonglun. T...

Son of babylon to close the Netherlands Film Fest

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Mohamed Al-Daradji's SON OF BABYLON (NPP Project 2008) has been chosen as the official closing film of the 30th Netherlands Film Festival. The Dutch/English/Iraqi coproduction tells the story of a boy who, together with his grandmother, goes to search for his father who has never returned from the war. The presentation on 30 September within Utrecht's Cinema Rembrandt will mark the film's Dutch Premiere. SON OF BABYLONMohamed Al-Daradji's SON OF BABYLON (NPP Project 2008) has been chosen as ...

Iraq's Buried Memories

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  In a first for the Berlinale, a film from Iraq had its world premiere last evening in the Panorama section. SON OF BABYLON, co-written and directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji, is a stirring drama about coming to terms with tragedy and moving forward despite the burden of personal loss. Filmed in stark poetic set pieces, the film follows the journey of a Kurdish grandmother and her precocious grandson as they travel (mostly on foot) to discover the fate of the boy's father, who has been miss...

Thessaloniki Spotlight on Middle East

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The main Spotlight of the 49th edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival centers on the current cinema of the Middle East. The Middle Eastern region, tantamount to political, religious and social struggles, lies in close geographical proximity to Greece and possesses vital contemporary political significance. It exhibits a cinematic diversity that creates portraits of many distinct histories, identities and conflicts and it is now more than ever revealing its issues and sentiments ...

Iraqi Film Days during Göteborg International Film Festival

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On February 1-2 the Göteborg International Film Festival in Sweden will host the Iraq Short Film Festival! Iraqi short films will be screened and the seminars Images of Iraq - Images from Iraq and The Current Situation of the Iraq Film Industry will take place at the Museum of World Culture in Göteborg. Among the participants are Nizar al Rawi, director of Iraq Short Film Festival and Mohamed Al Daradji, director of Ahlaam (Dreams), the Iraqi contribution to the Oscar for best foreign language...

European films at Rio Film Festival

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9 European films get Film Sales Support for promotional activities at Brazil’s most important film festival6 European sales agents and production companies are being awarded Film Sales Support (FSS) for the promotion of 9 European films in total at Latin America’s Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (21 September 5 October 2006). Amongst the supported films are Aleksandar Maniæ’s documentary, The Shutka Book of Records (Czech Republic), Nils Tavernier’s Aurore (France), Pedro Co...

Troia Film Festival Announces Its Awards

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Sunday, June 11....At a gala Awards Ceremony at the Forum Luisa Todi last night, the 22nd edition of the Troia International Film Festival came to a conclusion with the announcement of Fetival Awards in a number of competitiom categproes. An analysis of the films and the awards will follow, but here is the list of award winners. FESTROIA – FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA SPECIAL AWARDS AUDIENCE AWARD To the film THE WEDDING PARTY, by Dominique Deruddere (Belgium/Germany) PRIZE MAN AND HIS...

Film Festival Maastricht: event of the South early April

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Film Festival Maastricht 6th - 9th April- The film event of the South!For a period of 4 days Filmtheater Lumière will be the venue for the annual ’film festival Maastricht’. The second edition of the festival comprises more than 40 titles for your consideration. With anything between new mainstream films, cutting-edge independent-productions from the U.S., the best in world cinema from all over the globe and major new works from renowned artists in the business making up the program, it ...

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