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Iraq: War, Love, God and Madness Iraq: War, Love, God and Madness

Director: Mohamed Al-Daradji

2010, HDcam, colour, 74'
Vers: Arabic, English - Sub: Eng

Winner Open Eyes Award 2011
The dream of cinema meets a dramatic and complex reality, the Iraqi one: the result is a strong film that touches through the author's ardent eye and at the same time gives a view about a fighting socio-political reality.

After the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, Baghdad-born Mohamed Al-Daradji returned home in 2004 with the dream of making a film about his agonized homeland, now freed at last from the tyrant's grasp. Under increasingly difficult conditions, he succeeded in making a feature film, Ahlaam. It was screened at many film festivals throughout the world, received many awards, and represented Iraq in both the Golden Globe and Academy Award competitions in 2006. The extraordinary story of how that film was made is the subject of Iraq: War, Love, God and Madness. A harrowing and unforgettable portrayal of the extraordinary ordeals Al-Daradji and his indomitable colleagues were forced to endure, including interrogation and torture. Struggling against time, persecution, imprisonment, injuries, and terrorist attacks, the cast and crew struggle on and, miraculously, manage to finish the film.

Screenplay: Mohamed Al-Daradji
Cinematography: Ahmed Khlaid, Hussein Kamel
Editing: Danny Evans
Music: Nazeer Shama
Sound: Sefi Carmel

Prizes and selections:
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2010, Moqavemat International Film Festival 2010 (Jury Special Mention)

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