The Journey

Year: 2017
Filmmaker: Mohamed Al-Daradji
Country: Iraq
Length: 82 min.
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

Date: Sunday 7 October 2018
Time: 13:30
Room: Cinerama 6


Sara (Zahraa Ghandour) enters the Baghdad station with sinister intentions for its reopening ceremony. As she braces to commit an unthinkable act, her plans are drastically altered by an awkward meeting with Salam. A self-confident and flirtatious salesman who desperately appeals to Sara’s humanity to influence her decision.

The film shows an emotionally accessible approach to a contemporary topic in Baghdad. An artistic expression of hope and despair, perpetrators and victims, in which boundaries between these contradictions disappear. The story offers depth in the conversation about terrorism, which goes beyond religion and politics.

Director Mohamed Al-Daradji studied in Baghdad, Iraq and the Netherlands before traveling to the United Kingdom for a Masters degree in Cinematography. In 2003, after the invasion of Iraq, Al-Daradji returned to his homeland to make his first feature film, Ahlaam (2005), with which he won more than twenty awards. Since this success he has directed several feature films, including the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Son of Babylon (2010).