Mohamed & Atia Al Daradji
Iraq / UK / Netherlands - 2011 - 85mins
Thursday 21st February, 2013 at 6:30pm
The Lexi Cinema
194b Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, NW10 3JU
In a dangerous district in Baghdad Husham cares fiercely for a group of 32 young orphans, some whose parents have been killed, some who have run away, but all who have been abused and abandoned by the state.
When their landlord gives the group just two weeks to vacate the only house they have ever felt safe in a panicked search for new shelter ensues. Fighting tirelessly to continue to build on the boys' hopes, dreams and prospects while also keeping them from being reclaimed by the state, Husham crosses religious and racial divides to find help.
IN MY MOTHER'S ARMS is the story of some of the Iraq war's biggest victims, children, trying to live out the bittersweet dramas of childhood, against a far more threatening backdrop.
Best Documentary Feature Film - Asia Pacific Screen Awards
After the film we will be joined by director Mohamed Al Daradji and producer Isabelle Stead for a Q&A.
Mohamed Al Daradji was born in Baghdad and fled to The Netherlands in 1995, where he studied film production before completing master's degrees in cinematography and directing at the Northern Film School in Leeds. His films include Ahlaam (2006), Iraq: War, Love, God, Madness (2010) and Son of Babylon (SFIFF 2010), which was selected as the Iraqi entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. In 2010 Variety named him the Middle East Filmmaker of the Year.
Atia Al Daradji has served as the producer of his brother Mohamed Jabarah al-Daradji's films, including Son of Babylon (SFIFF 2010). A graduate of the Baghdad Fine Art Academy, he founded Iraq al-Rafidain, Iraq's most well established film company. In My Mother's Arms marks his directorial debut.