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"Koutaiba Al Janabi’s low-budget road movie, which had its world premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival, is a thoughtfully paced story of Saddam Hussein’s personal cameraman Sadik (Sadik Al Attar) seeking to escape to the UK, but haunted by the disappearance of his son. A challenging, provocative and controversial film, it is likely to find a home at other film festivals, and could well intrigue distributors.Leaving Baghdad (Al Raheel Min Baghdad) makes for sobering and challenging viewing and is distinctive with regards the brutal real footage used.(Mark Adams, Chief Film Critic, ScreenDaily)


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Trailer for Koutaiba Al-Janabi's feature film "Leaving Baghdad"

Award winning Iraqi film maker Koutaiba Al-Janabi's debut feature film, Leaving Baghdad, about the brutal Saddam Hussein regime, shown through the story of the everyday person, who gets caught up in the turbulances of the country's politics. The film provokes the question of guilt, conscience, collaboration, escape. Universal questions, that were asked in connection with Nazi Germany, with the communist regimes, with oppression in general.

 

The film was selected by the Dubai International Film Festival, that supported the completion of the film, also by the Gulf Film festival, winning best film award. The European premier is at the 2011 Raindance Film Festival in London. Leaving Baghdad has also been selected by the Ghent Film festival, Belgium. 

 

 

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